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With Profound Sadness Seton Hall Prep Announces Death of Fr. Stephen Kilcarr

Thurs. June 22, 2017

Fr. Kilcarr, who last spring celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood and was a beloved fixture at Seton Hall Prep for more than 55 years as a spiritual counsellor, athletic director, baseball coach and supporter of all Prep activities passed away on June 22, 2017. While teaching in the Theology Department during his long career and while taking on the role of spiritual advisor for many athletic teams, he was also head coach of baseball through the 70s and early 80s, bringing a North Jersey State title, three conference championships and a Greater Newark Tournament crown to The Prep. His care for all the students and his love of the game of baseball are the stuff of Prep lore, and have had an enormous effect on thousands of Prep students across the decades.

6th Annual Building Bridges 5K

Sat. June 10, 2017

The Sixth Annual Building Bridges 5K set out around the Orange Reservoir on June 10, taking advantage of perfect weather and hosting close to 100 runners and walkers in support of The Prep’s Griffin Bridges Program. The day brought together Griffin Bridges alumni, current Prep families, and running enthusiasts. In addition to the fellowship and good cheer celebrated at the event, dozens of supporters helped make the day a financial success, aiding the 23-year-old program in its role of providing educational, financial and social support to enable academically talented, financially limited young men from Newark, East Orange and Irvington to attend The Prep. Among the many sponsors were Title Sponsor McLoone’s Boathouse; Gold Sponsor TD Ameritrade; Silver Sponsors MCI Amelior Foundation, Goya Foods, Patti and Ray Chambers and the Leo Foundation; Bronze Sponsor Orsini Properties and Facility Sponsor J’s Lawn Care Service.

Rick Porcello and MLB Help Dedicate Porcello Field

Mon. June 5, 2017

After sweating through 10 days of forecasts that called for thunderstorms on Monday morning, instead of rain, the fog crept in at dawn blanketing the Kelly Athletic Complex early and keeping the precipitation at bay for the long anticipated dedication of Porcello Field. The event marked the culmination of the KAC project, in the works since 1999.

Msgr. Michael Kelly welcomed the crowd of 300, including a group of local, county and state dignitaries. Following an opening prayer by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Prep father Kevin Kern offered a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Prep Coach Mike Sheppard then described for the assembly what the 2007 alumnus has meant to the school and the baseball program as a role model for athletes, students and alumni. Typical of Rick, he noted, was his insistence that the home team dugout be dedicated to his freshman coach, former Prep Head Coach Rev. Stephen Kilcarr.

Senior Prep outfielder Nico Motessi followed Coach Sheppard, remarking on the added pride that the stadium and following in Porcello’s footsteps has brought to all the players and to the program. Commissioner Rob Manfred pointed to Rick’s gift as a model for current players to keep in mind, and to the service projects that The Prep baseball program has offered to the community.

Rick Porcello’s remarks centered on the lessons he learned at The Prep, both on the field and off, and how they have served him well along his road to the 2016 AL Cy Young Award. Closing the ceremony, in the company of his family Rick walked to the dugout to unveil the plaque honoring Fr. Kilcarr and then out the centerfield gate to lift the banner covering the plaque commemorating the dedication of Porcello Field.

From, By Joe Trezza / June 5th, 2017  / WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- Rick Porcello blossomed from a can't-miss prospect into a Gatorade National Player of the Year into a first-round Draft pick in 2007 on a field known unofficially in North Jersey as Mini Fenway Park. Verducci Field, tucked between foliage and the science building at Seton Hall Preparatory School, sported a left-field fence nearly 33 feet high, but just 280 feet from home plate. The Red Sox's future American League Cy Young Award winner battled that monster long before the green one in Boston.

So, in comparison, Seton Hall Prep's new state-of-the-art baseball facility, dedicated and renamed Porcello Field during a ceremony Monday, could be considered spacious. It is 315 feet down the line and 385 to center, and it has unforgiving gaps. On Monday, there was a Major Leaguer giving a speech on the warning track. As far as high school fields go, the new complex, located just northwest of Prep's campus, is as good as it gets. And it's certainly a pitcher's park -- "a little cozy," joked Porcello.

"This is the only way I know how to give back," Porcello told a crowd gathered at the field, which officially opened last year. "I think about how fortunate I've been to be a part of the Seton Hall Prep family."

Much of that extended family was in attendance Monday to see the school officially dedicate the field to its namesake. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred joined a dais of school officials, community leaders, alumni, family and fans that gathered to welcome Porcello back to his alma mater.

"One thing that is often overlooked is how generous and community-minded our players really are," Manfred said. "This project is a great example of that."

Porcello starred as a shortstop and pitcher for Seton Hall Prep before the Tigers drafted him No. 27 overall in 2007. He spent six seasons in Detroit and is currently in his third in Boston, where he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2016. Donations from Porcello, who is signed to a four-year, $82.5 million contract, were integral in the construction of the complex, which is complete with an all-turf field and professionally-styled dugouts.

"While Rick was winning 22 games for the Red Sox and winning the Cy Young Award, at the very same time, work was going on this project," Manfred said. "This project will serve young people here at Seton Hall for generations."

Porcello first grabbed the attention of scouts as a sophomore at Prep, during an emergency relief appearance in a game in South Jersey. Out of all his pitchers, varsity baseball coach Michael Sheppard Jr. put his shortstop on the mound.

"He was throwing BBs," Sheppard remembered. "A Yankee scout just happened to be in attendance. He asked me after: 'Who the heck is that?'"

Porcello gained a reputation as one of the best two-way high school players in the country before switching to first base as a senior to protect his arm. He hit 11 home runs to go along with a 10-0 record on the mound.

Sheppard recalled the story of a playoff game a week before the Draft in which Porcello, a projected first-round pick, risked injury by diving into first base trying to beat out a grounder. Porcello had a lot to lose; he signed later that year for $11.1 million, making him the highest-paid high school player ever drafted.

"Rick, we thank you for the many contributions you made to our program as a player," Sheppard said. "And now as an alumnus, for this generous gift."

Commencement and Baccalaureate Bring the Year to a Close

Sun. June 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep celebrated the school’s 157th commencement last Sunday at Walsh Auditorium on the campus of Seton Hall University. The Class of 2017, numbering 221 graduates, received diplomas from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan H’17 and President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57. The 1900 guests were addressed by Msgr. Thomas G. Fahey, Alumnus of the Year recipient Hon. Robert Brennan ’67 and Valedictorian Ray F. Lozano Jr. Co-Recipients of the Fahey award were Henry J. McCabe, MD and Stanley J. Gutkowski from the 50th Anniversary Class of 1967; they were introduced at the commencement exercises along with a dozen other members of the golden anniversary class.

The previous evening, in the majestic setting of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with more than 2500 family members and friends in attendance, the school celebrated a solemn Mass, followed by an awards ceremony, honoring several dozen students for their academic and co-curricular accomplishments during their careers.

Lax Season Comes to a Close Over 2 Days

Thur. June 1, 2017

Prom Album Sent to Media Gallery

Tue. May 30, 2017

Lax Tournament Album in Media Gallery

Sat. May 27, 2017

Pirates Crew Team Closes Out Program's First Season

Thurs. May 24, 2017

The inaugural Seton Hall Prep Crew Team recently completed its first season on the roster of The Prep athletics program. The group was led by senior captains Chris Coppola, Aidan Mihalik and Alex Zaino, the last remaining members of the club team that began the program last year. The team, with but a single year of competitive rowing under its belt, made great strides this season getting the program's name out in the rowing community by becoming a member of the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association (PSRA), which is the most competitive rowing league in the country and includes teams from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Other members of the PSRA include the likes of local rivals including Saint Peter's, St. Benedict's, Don Bosco, Bergen Catholic, Belleville, Kearny, and Nutley. The Varsity team showed major improvement over the course of the season, finishing 9th overall in the state, 2nd in the Northern New Jersey Championships, and 14th overall in the PSRA.

SHP dedicates the Tevlin Field and Zimmermann scoreboard

Sat. May 20, 2017

Seton Hall Prep put the crowning touch on the Kelly Athletic complex last Saturday as the school dedicated the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard at a noon ceremony, attended by hundreds of friends and supporters of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families. A pair of ribbon cutting ceremonies marked the two dedications.

The West Orange Police Honor Guard, local and state officials, members of the Prep staff and members of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families as well as the three teams in The Prep’s lacrosse program gathered on the field for remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Allison Tevlin and from SHP Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Bud Zimmermann ’75.

Following welcoming remarks, Msgr. Kelly introduced Msgr. Harahan and the Zimmerman Family for the dedication of the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard. A 2011 graduate of The Prep and a member of the Varsity Soccer Team, Billy was a sophomore at Villanova University when he was tragically killed in a car accident while on spring break with his friends in March of 2013. The Zimmermann Family established a foundation in their son’s name, along with a scholarship fund at Seton Hall Prep to honor his memory. “Our son was so happy playing soccer on these fields. The dedication of this scoreboard means that our beloved son, Billy, will be honored at a place that he loved,” said Bud Zimmermann, a 1975 graduate of the school. As the family cut the ribbon, the scoreboard lit up with “Billy ‘11” in the home team’s spot.

The program then turned to the center of what has become known already as the BPT Field. The naming of the field honors the memory of Brendan Patrick Tevlin, a beloved Seton Hall Prep student who was killed in 2014. The Prep has been working with The Tevlin Family for nearly three years to permanently honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable young man. Msgr. Kelly noted, “This field will be a place where Brendan’s legacy will live on for generations as all those who gather here remember just how special a person he was.” Surrounded by brothers Sean ’19, Brian ’17 and Michael and Allison Tevlin, Brendan’s sister Michaela cut the ribbon to signal the official naming of the field.

After Brendan was tragically taken from the Tevlin Family in June of 2014 just after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond, the family decided that the best way to honor their son was to raise the necessary funds to build a new field on the site of The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex. “We wanted to find a meaningful way to honor our son, said Allison Tevlin. “Thanks to the extreme generosity of so many people in various communities, we are able to celebrate the opening of this field today where Brendan’s life will be remembered and celebrated at the school he so loved.”

Beginning in August of 2014, the Tevlin Family, in partnership with SHP and with help from an active fundraising committee, began hosting a series of fundraising events. The events, which included a yearly lacrosse festival, concert and golf outing, raised funds which contributed to the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field Fund at The Prep. As the program drew to a close, Msgr. Kelly noted how this field, long in development, is now recognized as a jewel in the West Orange Community, and a fitting tribute to the legacies of two beloved students and teammates.

Pirates Trim Millburn for record 5th straight GNT Crown

Sat. May 20, 2017

Prep senior Jack Mahala book-ended his brother Kevin’s GNT winning pitching performance five years ago, with a 5-hit 4-2 win over top seeded Millburn yesterday, bringing the Pirates the program’s fifth straight Greater Newark Tournament title. This marks the first time any team has won five straight crowns, and the 17th overall at the 85-year-old tournament.

The Pirates right-hander allowed only a pair of runs, on five hits and a lone base on balls. Sophomore Nick Maldonado moved over from shortstop to the mound to notch the save in the seventh, setting the Millers down in order.

At the plate, the Hall made the most of the team’s plate appearances, scoring all four of its runs with two outs. In the top of the third Mike Ukrainskyj doubled to the right center gap and Kevin Gately drove him home to get SHP on the scoreboard. An inning later Ukrainskyj doubled again, this time down the left field line, to drive in Francis Prior from second. With the score 2-1, Prior plated Jack Zyska with a base hit to make it 3-1. Gately made the final 4-2 driving in runner Angelo Crincoli with a single in the top of the sixth.

[read Bob Behre's Diamond Nation report on the game...]

SHP Dedicates the Finney Family Tennis Courts

Tue. May 16, 2017

On Tuesday May 16 at Seton Hall Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex, the school celebrated the dedication of the Finney Family Tennis Courts. The five new courts, the first in the long history of the school, were officially named in honor of the family of Reed and Susan Finney, whose generosity made the project possible. The day marked the addition of an important component of the Kelly Athletic Complex, which in turn has been a major element of the school’s $25 million Generations Capital Campaign.

In welcoming remarks, Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan expressed the thanks of Prep alumni, parents, staff and students to the Finneys “for their kindness and generosity that strengthens The Prep and helps us achieve our goals, particulary here at our new, magnificent athletic complex.”

Seton Hall Prep President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, in introducing the Finneys to the gathering, recalled that during the school’s history “we have moved from Convent Station to South Orange to West Orange. And because of your generosity, Reed & Susan, … beginning this season and for decades to come, our players and coaches in The Prep Tennis Program, will be able to enjoy home tennis matches. Today we celebrate and are filled with gratitude for your gift and for your belief in our good work and vision for the school.”

Reed Finney addressed the gathering, replying “We are so fortunate that we can help The Prep. This is a beautiful facility and we are very grateful that our boys and our family can be a part of it. We are very appreciative of everythinig that Msgr. Kelly and everyone else at The Prep has provided for our boys.” The Finney’s sons are Prep graduate John ’15, now a student at Providence Colege, and current Prep students Brendan ’17 and William ’20. The Finneys, Essex Fells residents, have two daughters, Annie and Jane.

As the event drew to a close, surrounded by Tennis Coach Chris Heintz, team member Brendan McCormick ’17, assistant Headmaster Michael Gallo, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and the Finney children, Susan and Reed Finney marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by the unveiling of the permament plaque that commemorates the family’s gift.

Spring Concert Entertains Hundreds

Wed. May 17, 2017

The Spring Concert is annually viewed as a milepost on the journey towards the end of school. Last night’s presentations by the Band and the C-Tonians provided yet another showcase of The Prep’s musical talent for the hundreds of family members and friends in attendance. With Director Joseph A. Neglia at the podium, the Band and Jazz Band offered up a wide-ranging group of selections, featuring composers from Tchaikovsky, Damaso Perez Prado, Billie Joe and Eric Clapton to the Gershwins and Lennon and McCartney. Part Two of the concert featured the C-Tonians, under the direction of Mrs. Theresa Neglia. The singers presented a capella versions of “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Kiss the Girl,” Happy Together,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Spring Concert Program

Baseball County Tournament Album Posted

Mon. May 15, 2017



Baseball Photo Album Posted

Wed. May 10, 2017

Prep Junior's Project Makes it into Apple's App Store

Fri. May 5, 2017

The Prep’s Tommy Sarni has joined elite company— first, becoming an iOS App Developer with an app in the Apple App Store, and, perhaps uniquely, doing so as a junior in high school.

The iOS App Development elective is offered to juniors and seniors as a full-year course and to all students at Seton Hall Prep as a summer enrichment course. The course introduces students to the basics of the Swift programming language as well as the fundamentals of app. Tommy enrolled in the course back in September with no prior programming experience, having seen previous students showcase their final project apps at the end of the year. He had his initial idea back in October of 2016 when the iOS students created programs to showcase at Open House. "I had an idea for a GPA calculator, and had learned enough of the Swift programming language to build it."

Tommy approached the iOS App Development teacher Mr. Jonathan Lace in late December about the possibility of going further in his course studies. He started building and researching design elements and in subsequent months he built the app in small components. After many programming tweaks, he ensured that his completed app complied with Apple’s App Store and Human Interface Guidelines. After submitting his app to Apple in late April, it was published in the App Store on May 2nd. Tommy demo-ed the app to a lunchtime assembly last week; within minutes dozens of fellow students had it on their phones and were quickly calculating their GPAs.

“I’m so proud of Tommy,” said Mr. Lace. “He’s a model for what the course is designed to do; take a student with no programming experience and teach him how to develop apps for the iPhone. To put his achievement in perspective, consider how unique it is. The number of app developers worldwide is small compared to the number of iPhone users in the world. The percentage of developers who got their app published while they were in high school is even smaller. And the number of those students who did so as a junior is even smaller than that. Tommy is among an elite class of high school students, and I couldn’t be happier for him and for Seton Hall Prep. We’re committed here at The Prep to offering more technology classes in the coming years to better prepare our students for a world in which computer programming is a second language. Tommy's achievement is also one for our entire school community.”

Lacrosse Photos Added to Gallery

Mon. May 8, 2017

Celebrating the Year's Achievements

Fri. Apr. 28, 2017

On Friday April 28 The Prep student body and faculty gathered together to close out the school year with a celebration of the year’s achievements. With the auditorium packed and the freshmen in their homerooms watching a live stream of the assembly, several dozen students and eight staff members were honored with academic, activities and athletics awards or on the occasion of the announcement of their retirements. [photos of student award recipients will appear in the end-of-year Baccalaureate and Commencement website albums]

• Retiring: After a 48-year career as teacher, coach, guidance counselor and Guidance Department Chairman, Mr. Thomas P. Cregan ’65.
• Spanish Teacher for the last 18 years, honored by the College Board, Mrs. Martha Gibson
• Administrative Assistant in the Development Office and the Admission Office for 29 years, Mrs. Rosemary Shannon 

• Tower Dedication: SHP Athletic Trainer Mr. Robert DiGregorio and English Teacher and club adviser Mr. John Pascal
• Salvatore N. Caprio Award- “Presented to a teacher, a counselor, a moderator- generous in time and patience and concern” – Mr. William Siedler ‘85
• The Fusco Family Award- “Presented annually to a staff member who has made a commitment to technological innovation in the classroom or office”- Ms. Juliette Wester
• Msgr. Thomas J. Tuohy Award- “Presented to an individual for constant and outstanding contributions to athletics”- Mr. Kenneth J. Blaha ‘69
• Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57 Award- “Recognizing meritorious contributions to academic excellence and advancement”- Mrs. Lisa Sgaramella • Headmaster’s Award- Presented to a Senior who has been a Leader by Word and Example—Representative of the Values of the School- Luke F. Alexander, Matthew M. Clarkin, Steven P. Greenberg, Thomas J. Magnier, Daniel F. Marini, Nicolas J. Motessi, Justin M. Torlucci, Christopher M. Vanaria, Timothy C. Wise II, Kevin P. Young
• National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students- Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah S. Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse A. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova
• National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist- Kevin A. O’Connor.
• National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist- Ray F. Lozano Jr.
• Inger Bagger Stovall & Robert H. Stovall ’43 Award­ Presented to the Most Academically Improved Senior- Robert J. Garrison • Vincent D. Purpura Scholarship Award- Presented to a Junior, who, in the Memory and Spirit of
• Vincent Purpura, former President of the Fathers Club, has modelled Selfless Commitment and Service to The Prep and his Community- Jonathan Jenkins • Anthony J. Verducci Award- Presented to a Most Courageous Senior- Sekou J. Rowe
• Daniel A. Galorenzo ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Demonstrated Exemplary Endurance, Perseverance, and Dedication to our Sports Program and who also has Demonstrated a Genuine Interest and Commitment to the Music Program- Sean G. Theoclitus
• Donald W. Yaw ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Displayed Outstanding Achievement in Academia, Athletics and the Arts and Exemplifies the Best Utilization of all the Opportunities Offered at Seton Hall Prep- Jonathan A. Santos
• Andrew L. Clark ’43 Medallion- Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Qualities- Richard W. Denton
• Chaplain Maj. Charles J. Watters ’45 Memorial Award- Recognizing Exceptional Commitment to Campus Ministry- Christopher J. Coppola, Samuel J. Kuprianov
• Recognition of Student Council- President– Steven P. Greenberg, Vice President– Ethan S. Carey, Secretary– Michael C. Weber, Treasurer– Brendan E. Finney
• Activities Awards- Ambassadors, Christopher J. Coppola; The Pirate, David L. Towell; Fall Drama, Erney G. Fertile; Music Ministry, Luke F. Alexander; Spring Musical, Conor F. Vedova; Band, James P. Ennis; Jazz Band, Jonathan A. Santos; Brass/Wind Ensemble, Robert J. Ramsthaler Jr.; C-Tonians, Erney G. Fertile; Robotics, Aaron F. Deditch; Mock Trial, Michael L. Minasian; Model UN, Peter Pinto
• Rev. William M. Giblin Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Participant in the Activities Program- Erney G. Fertile
• Coaches’ Award- Presented to a Senior Athlete, for Exemplary Representation of The Prep’s Ideals, on and off the Field- Football, Vincent A. Palma; Soccer, Michael T. Georgiou; Cross Country, Malik J. Kosanovich; Basketball, John P. Helsel; Bowling, Andrew D. Handal; Ice Hockey, Samuel J. Kuprianov; Rifle, Patrick J. Hannaford; Swimming, Benjamin H. Amoreno; Winter Track, John D. McCarthy; Wrestling, Tristen J. Calas; Baseball, Kevin F. Gately; Golf, Creighton K. Hendrix; Lacrosse, Alexander Giaquinto; Spring Track, James R. Caprio; Tennis, Sam D. Yildirimlar; Crew, Christopher J. Coppola
• Msgr. William J. Daly ’38 Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Athlete- Mason V. Toye, Aidan P. Monteverdi, Brian T. Tevlin
• Vincent A. McIntee Award- Presented to that Senior who has provided Consistent and Substantial Service to all Aspects of Life at Seton Hall Prep, without Consideration of Self or Neglect of his Studies- Christopher J. Coppolla
• Archbishop Thomas A. Boland Award- Most Representative Setonian- Presented to that Senior who, by his Accomplishments and in his Person, most Exemplifies the Ideals of this Institution; whose Values, Character, Maturity, Successes and Achievements Personify the Fulfillment of our Mission- Jinyang Zhao

Pirate Treasure Auction Another Huge Success

Sat. Apr. 29, 2017

Last Saturday night's Annual Fathers Club Pirate Treasure Auction was a huge success, with record attendance of well over 420 guests. The auction also saw record generosity from this year’s attendees and achieved the largest auction amount raised in over 10 years. Some of the event’s top prizes were: a Stone Harbor vacation home, golf outings, diamond earrings, bleacher seats from old Yankee Stadium, sports event tickets, sports memorabilia, Apple brand electronics, restaurant gift cards, autographed Grammy winner Michael Branch guitar, and high fashion handbags.

The auction committee, led by Co-Chairmen Mark Salerno, Kevin Petrovcik and Joe Pecci, garnered over 225 prizes to offer up in Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. The popular Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games were conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove refreshment area was steered by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members Past President Tom Young, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Dave Wightman and Pete Nolan. Back for a second year were the “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success driven by the Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. Former FC President Tom Lynch served as the evening’s emcee, while Vinnie D’Antonio ’80 piloted the event’s logistics.

President Mike Nilan said, “this group of fathers did an outstanding job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep Community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep Community, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams and clubs.” He continued, “We also had great help from the student ambassadors during the event, as well as from some football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school. We continue to get support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo and Tony Esposito, as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamente, Vincent Nascone, Sergio Londono, Alex Pilavakis, Mark Zadroga, Phil Ciarco among many others."

This year’s recipient of the Art Williams Memorial Award was Gary Steele. The award is bestowed in memory of the late early 70s Fathers Club stalwart Art Williams, whose tireless “behind the scenes” efforts over many years has been the hallmark of the Fathers Club. Also, this year’s event was dedicated to longtime Fathers Club member Tom Coyne, who recently passed away.

Lacrosse Tournament Photos Posted to Gallery

Tue. May 2, 2017

Pirates Netmen Host Sunday Morning Tennis Clinic

Sun. Apr 28, 2017

Last Sunday the Pirates Tennis Team hosted a clinic for developmentally and physically delayed adults at The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex Finney Family Tennis Courts. The Prep’s guests came from Camp New Day and South Orange’s Jespy House. With Assistant Coach and Service Learning Director Vinnie McMahon at the helm, the Prep’s student organizers for the event were Student Council President Steven Greenberg and team members Sam Yildirimlar, Jake Tarnoff and Brendan McCormack.

ClassicS/Drama Class Closes Out with Euripides

Thur. Apr 25, 2017

The junior/senior elective Classics-Drama performed a scene from Euripides' Bacchae as their final project. Their performance is intended to reflect what the students have learned of Greek drama and its staging, and of Euripides and his work. Mr. William Siedler's class was divided into principal actors and chorus. The group chooses a director, this year Ryan Franklin, and a choral director, this year Creighton Hendrix. Grades depend on their effort and their level of cooperation with one another, as well as their approach to the final performance.

The scene depicts an exchange between the god Dionysus and Pentheus, King of the city Thebes. Dionysus has attracted a large following among the women of Thebes which has resulted in much revelry and civic disruption which Pentheus does not appreciate. He expresses skepticism with the idea of Dionysus's divinity. Subsequently he attends a Dionysian ritual and is torn apart by Dionysus's rapturous followers. His body is brought back by his mother who, in a state of spiritual disconnection, has unknowingly participated in the dismemberment, and shown to Cadmus, the founder of Thebes. Thus ended the group’s scene ended on the Northfield Ave. Millennium Walkway.

Tennis Photos Added to Gallery

Thurs. Apr 27, 2017

Prep Students Tour China at Easter

Thurs. Apr 27, 2017

In a first for the school, 13 Seton Hall Prep students and their chaperones spent Easter Break on a 10-day tour of China. With Mr. Michael Hegedus, Director of The Prep's International students Program, at the helm, the students flew from Newark on April 12 and 13 hours later arrived in Beijing to begin their trip around the world's most populous nation. Traveling by train (at over 200 mph) and plane the group visited four other cities– Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai– visiting cultural sites along the way and, for some, putting their Prep Mandarin studies into practice.

With Prep senior "Eric" Zhao among the travelers, the group visited his middle school in Shanghai for a morning of cultural exchange activities and meetings with the assistant headmaster and teachers, with the hopes of settting up future dialogue between the schools. Among the many cultural stops along the way, including the Great Wall, an ancient mosque, Buddhist temples and local town markets and eateries, the group attended Easter Mass at one of the few Catholic churches in the country. Attendance at the Mass was so great that only a few from the group were able to get inside, with the rest joining hundreds of locals on chairs set up on the plaza outside the church.

The group also met with seven families of former and current Prep International Students living in China. In Shanghai Eric's parents and Yingchao Zhang, Ph.D., Founder and Senior Educational Consultant of EliteIvy, an international student placement organization, hosted a dinner, where the group met with Prep families that have not yet had an opporunity to visit America.

Prep students making the trip were Liam Bertrand, Kevin Harcourt, Ross Johnson, Aidan Musser, Seamus O'Neill, Denis Rudder, Mark Sandomeno (who celebrated his birthday during the trip), Chase Shealey, Michael Sullivan, Peter Sullivan, David Towell, Justin Vega, Jinyang (Eric) Zhao, and were also accompanied by Bret Musser (father of Aidan, and provider of the photos for the accompanying album). The Prep is proud and thankful that the group filled the role of Prep and American ambassadors so well.

Baseball Album Added to Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 24, 2017


Lacrosse Victory Posted to Gallery

Sat. Apr 22, 2017

Track Meet Added to Media Gallery

Wed. Apr 19, 2017

Porcello Field Links the Scene of Annual Baseball diamond Golf Tournament

Tue. Apr 18, 2017

The middle of Easter Break provided 2017’s opportunity for the renewal of the Annual Baseball Diamond Golf Tournament on the beautifully manicured links of the Porcello Field Golf Club. The six-hole layout tested the mettle of the Pirates players, teeing off in conventional baseball fashion with flys and liners towards the pins placed around the ballpark. Once near the pin, for putting players often resorted to strokes more often found in a billiards parlor. Several hazards came into play, including the pitcher’s mound and the bullpen wall (which stymied more than one player, costing them several strokes). The winning team comprised Francis Prior, Brian Kelly and Frank Spano. The Pirates are currently 7-2 and have the second seed in the upcoming Greater Newark Tournament.

Lax Win Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 15, 2017

Baseball Win in Gallery

Sat. Apr 15, 2017

Stunning Lax Victory Posted to Media Gallery

Thur. Apr 13, 2017

Track Meet Photos in Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 10, 2017

Pair of Baseball Games Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 8, 2017

Guys and Dolls - Another Musical Success Story

Sat. Apr 8, 2017

SHP's spring musical production of Guys and Dolls opened Thursday April 6 for a 3-night run. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser after a book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show premiered on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1200 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. It has had several Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.

The Prep production has been in the works since shortly after New Years. As Prep musicals have for decades, it brings together scores of Prep students and their female collegues from neighboring high schools. Centered on the antics surrounding a floating crap game, the play brings together a cast of characters portrayed, among others, by Erney Fertile (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Brandon Ruiz (Benny Southstreet), Paolo Arante (Rusty Charlie), Lillian Shea (Sarah Brown), Luke Alexander (Arvide Abernathy), Clara McCourt (Agatha), Jonathan Santos (Harry The Horse), Cody Kohn(Lt. Brannigan), Conor Vedova (Nathan Detroit), CJ Zachara (Angie The Ox), Eden Mau (Miss Adelaide), Edwin Donnelly (Sky Masterson) [download the entire program].

Jumping with both feet into the 21st century world of technology-driven stagecraft, Director Joseph Neglia and Assistant Director Theresa Neglia introduced in this year's production cutting edge digital projection to produce scene backdrops. This new feature is a boon to SHP's continued integration of technology, putting The Prep in the forefront of theater technology. Randy Schweitzer and Richard Morris combined original art work, photography and graphics to produce much of the scenery. The result is an exciting, seamless transition from scene to scene. SHP's theater program is inspired by these first efforts and looks forward to utilizing projected scenic designs in future productions.

Pirates Blank Nutley in Spectacular Fashion

Fri. Apr 7, 2017

Pirates senior right-hander Kevin Young joined the select company of MLB Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello ‘07 yesterday as he set down 21 Nutley batters in a row to complete the second perfect game in Prep baseball history. His 4-0, 67-pitch masterpiece mirrored Porcello’s 2007 Essex County Tournament perfecto against Newark Academy.

Considering the bone-chilling cold and 30-mph winds on Porcello field at the Kelly Athletic Complex, it was a wonder that either team survived the afternoon at all. Yet The Prep wasted no time in plating the run that would serve as enough for Young, with a first-inning score off an infield single by Nick Maldonado, scoring Ryan Sheppard all the way from second. The Pirates added runs in the fourth and fifth. The Prep’s sometimes spectacular defense backed up Young’s effort on the mound. Maldonado made two consecutive highlight reel plays on infield choppers in the fourth, and left fielder Ryan Hebert added a circus catch on a wind blown pop-up in the final inning.

Young’s command yielded perfection on a mere 67 pitches, striking out six. He got seven Nutley batters on fly balls and eight on grounders. The Prep is currently 3-0 on the young season, and rankded No.3 in the state.

Tennis Match in Media Gallery

Wed. Apr 5, 2017


Baseball Opener in Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 3, 2017

Spring Blood Drive supports American Red Cross

Fri. Mar. 31, 2017

Friday March 31 saw the culmination of two weeks of service efforts put together by Seton Hall Prep students. The Spring Blood Drive netted 56 pints of blood for the benefit of the Amereican Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. Spearheading the student efforts were junior Brendan Flood and seniors Branden Troeller and Jim Caprio.

Lacrosse Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 1, 2017

Spring Sports season opens with the blessing of the brendan p. tevlin field and the billy zimmermann scoreboard

Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

Two decades of persistent hard work and dedication came to fruition on Wednesday afternoon at The Prep's Kelly Athletic Complex. Prior to the opening of the spring sports season with Pirates Lacrosse hosting Summit HS, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, accompanied by members of the Tevlin and McNulty families and surrounded by the two teams, blessed the just completed Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Assisted in the short ceremony by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, Msgr. Kelly led the readings and prayers, and also blessed the Billy Zimmermann memorial scoreboard, which was raised just days before as the finishing touch on the long awaited project. The blessing of the field, to be used for lacrosse, soccer and football, crowns the 40-acre project, which has recently also seen the opening of the Finney Family Tennis Courts and last spring witnessed the first pitch on the Porcello Baseball Field and the JV baseball field.

Lacrosse Opener Posted to Media Gallery

Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

The Prep's Bot 5992 Heads Back Into Action

Sun. Mar. 12, 2017

The weekend of March 11 was a big one for the Prep’s Robotics Club and their Bot 5992. A week after their initial competition at Mount Olive HS, where the team finished 11th out of 37 schools, the team members spent three days at the sprawling Bridgewater-Raritan High School in competition against nearly 40 other schools from the metro area, including Delaware and Connecticut.

The drive team of Aidan Musser, Douglas DelTurco, Dhrumin Shah, Samuel Sayles and Sekou Rowe got off to a hot start on Saturday morning, with support from Team Adviser Minh Trinh, assistant Wayne Vargas and current parents Brett Musser and Paul DelTurco. Months of development and fabrication of the group’s prize possession paid off with a surprising first day sojourn for a while in first place. Opposition teams later claimed the top spot as high-level R&D and experience kicked in, and a second day series of “technical malfunctions,” sent 5992 to the second division. Nevertheless the experience of competing against dozens of well-established and well-heeled teams from schools across the state (whose pit areas could have been borrowed from NASCAR garages- see the photos) will pay off as the team goes forward in the next few years.

The event's sponsor, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools. Prep community members that might be able to provide entre to corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, are encouraged to contact Team Adviser Minh Trinh.

Math Team Shines in Catholic Math League

Seton Hall Prep's Math Team has spent the last four months competing on the state and national level in the Catholic Math League. In "Advanced Math" SHP placed second in NJ out of 12 schools, and third in the nation out of 49 schools. Qiaohao Chen finished third in the state out of 185 competitors, and fifth in the nation out of a field of 888 students. Jianhao Zhang placed sixth in NJ in the Advanced Math competition as well. In Geometry The Prep's team took second in NJ and 12th place in the country, as Yulin Xiong was crowned the individual champion of NJ for his efforts. 

Annual Buzz-Off Adds to Service Credentials

Following Tuesday’s Day of Service, the drive to work for the needs of others continued on Wednesday, with the renewal of the ever-popular Annual Buzz-Off. During the lunchtime gathering, more than 45 students and several faculty members gave up their locks in exchange for financial pledges by their classmates in support of Cancer Research. Student organizers were Vincent Zanna '18, Tim Metcalf '18 and Nick John '17, with support from Pirates Against Cancer. With Guidance Counselors Chris Barnett and Chris Scheick, Director of Griffin Bridges Horton Sears and South Orange’s Louis the Barber taking care of the shearing honors, the parlay of a Tag Day and pledges topped out at $3800.

Day of Service Engages Hundreds in the Work of Helping Others

Tues. Mar.21, 2017

Last week Prep students spent a couple of days thinking about and working on behalf of others as Tuesday March 21 was designated a Day of Service. While sophomores and juniors labored over the PSAT and SAT exams, groups of freshmen and seniors gathered on campus or headed off to complete several projects that would enhance the lives of others outside The Prep community.

One group of seniors headed to Jersey City to help in the clean-up at Magnificat Home, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a family-like home for people who are in need of one. Magnificat Home is open to all adults, but has a special concern for those who are otherwise unable to provide a decent home for themselves. Many are on disability and suffer from a range of emotional, mental and social difficulties.

Another group of seniors gathered in the Dining Hall under the directionof Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), packaging 10,000 food packets (of rice and flour) to be sent to Syria. The group was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, a Methodist minister whose vision is to end world hunger.

Still another gathering of seniors in the Media Center teamed up for the Wounded Warriors Project to write letters of support for American troops stationed with the 101st airborme 33rd Cavalry in Afghanistan, with the Marines in Kuwait and to Class of 2003 Lt. Rob Maul’s unit in Japan. A fourth group constructed bird, owl and bat and houses to fulfill some of The Prep’s environmental commitments at the Kelly Athletic Complex; others, accompanied by a group of freshmen, went up Northfield Avenue to offer some companionship at a senior assisted living facility, while a final group head to Our Lady of the Valley to help in their Food Pantry.

Dozens of freshmen headed off to Hillside’s Community Food Bank for a morning of cleaning, sorting and packaging food donations that will be given away to food insecure areas in New Jersey. A festive band of frosh put together Easter Baskets full of stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, colorful socks and story books to be sent to the Children’s Ward at Sloan Kettering Hospital. And the week’s activities were not yet complete, with the Annual Buzz-Off to come the following day.

First Practice on the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field

Thur. Mar.9, 2017

A special moment took place Thursday afternoon as the Pirates lacrosse team took to the field for the first time on the long-awaited Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Many thanks to the dozens of people from the Seton Hall Prep Community and the Town of West Orange for arranging this special opportunity to pay tribute to Brendan Tevlin and to the hundreds of people whose generosity has made this remarkable sports venue possible.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy Begins Lent at SHP

Wed. Mar.1, 2017

With an early morning Mass in the middle of Exam Week, The Prep opened the 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan was joined at the altar with President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Fr. Bill Melillo and Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and James White. Music Ministry led the assembly in song. Later in the day ashes were again distributed to students who were unable to attend the pre-school liturgy.

Region 4 Wrestling Photos in Gallery

Sat. Feb. 25, 2017

B'Ball Photos vs Newark Tech Posted to Media Gallery

Thurs. Feb. 23, 2017

Yongjia “Leo” Hou Receives Top Art Award

Fri. Feb. 24, 2017

The Montclair Art Museum has announced that Seton Hall Prep student Yongjia “Leo” Hou has been awarded a Gold Key Award in the Northern NJ Regional Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. His painting of his mother, “Lisa”, was placed in the top level of awards by a jury of professional artists, curators, and arts educators that spent more than 30 hours reviewing over 4,200 works of art submitted by 1462 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey. His work was selected as part of the top 6% in the region. Two of his paintings of a pair of Prep classmates also received Honorable Mention awards.

Leo was invited to the the award ceremony on the opening night at the Montclair Art Museum celebrating the Gold and Silver Key winners. All works that received a Gold Key award at the regional level will be forwarded to the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards for consideration for further recognition in March. The Gold Key Exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum runs through March 26.

Born in Beijing, China, and currently a junior at The Prep, Leo is a member of the school’s International Student Program. He hopes to continue his art studies in college, with his eye on a career in product design.

Hockey State Tournament Photos Posted

Mon. Feb. 20, 2017

Basketball Tournament Album Posted in Media Gallery

Sat. Feb. 18, 2017

Msgr. Kelly honored as West Orange Citizen of the Year

Tue. Feb. 7, 2017

On Tuesday February 7 at the West Orange Mayor’s “State of the Town” Annual Breakfast, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly received the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. In presenting the award, Mayor Robert Parisi recalled the remarks of his predecessor and now Assemblyman John McKeon, who said that he “had never met a man more respected throughout the state than Msgr. Michael Kelly.”

Mayor Parisi continued, “In addition to his commitment to the priesthood, Monsignor Kelly has had a lifetime commitment to education... He is a West Orange Rotarian, a member of the Knights of Columbus and part of countless other organizations and charities. His career…his life…has touched thousands and thousands of young minds and young spirits. And he has received nearly as many awards and honors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges and has been honored by our West Orange UNICO with the Ben L. Spinelli Community Service Award. He is a proud member of the Seton Hall University Athletic Hall of Fame, has been honored by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation, is a Past President of the NJ Interscholastic Athletic Association and, under then Governor Richard Codey, served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention.”

The Mayor noted that Monsignor Kelly has been the longtime Chaplain of the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presiding over the annual Parade Day and as a Chaplain Captain of the New Jersey Army Reserve National Guard. He has been a faithful participant in the Township’s Annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies.

“In 2016,” he continued, “he celebrated his 50th year of Ordination to the Priesthood, much of that time as a part of our Township. He is well known everywhere, but humble; he is respected, but well liked as well; he is a man of the people, but more than anything, he is a man of God and has lived his life in the service of God and of others. Seton Hall Prep has become a valued part of our community, and it is impossible to think of Seton Hall without thinking of Monsignor Kelly. Today we offer our congratulations on his celebrated service and our thanks for his years of guidance and friendship.”

New Class Inducted at National Honor Society Ceremony

Mon. Feb. 13, 2017

On Monday February 13 the Walter P. McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed to its ranks the 2017 class of inductees at an evening ceremony in Giblin Auditorium. The students and their parents were welcomed by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. NHS President Sean Callaghan ’18, serving as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, introduced Keynote Speaker Mr. John Pascal, Prep English teacher, who spoke about the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four NHS officers followed— Jack Simone, Cameron Fiore, Frank Spano and Christian McNeill — lighting a candle that represented each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them.

To conclude the ceremony, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers. Juniors Branden Angelo, Paolo Arante, Peter Arleo, Benjamin Ballway, Emmet Bayne, Nathan Beauvais, Adam Budzyn, Sean Callaghan, Michael Carpel, Cameron Carti, Jacques Clovis, Charles Cunningham, Frank DeLuca, Aleksander DeMaio, Matthew Dicaro, Daniel DiNatale, Devon Dobres, Max Engelbrechtsen, John Farrell, Cameron Fiore, Brendan Flood, Damani Francis, Michael Gaudioso, Joseph Gigantino, Daniel Gizzo, Evan Griffith, Hunter Hagan, Brandon Hicks, Charles Horsey, Yongjia Hou, Robert Hughes, John Huppert, Raphael Isidro, Simon Jenkins, Willem Juhlin, William Kieselstein, Sean King, Christopher Lambert, James Lederman, Joseph Manno, Charles Marashlian, Zachary Margovskiy, Matthew Martins, Ryan Martynowicz, Connor Matteson, Cole Mattox, Joseph McDonough, Tyler McGuigan, Brendan McKeown, Christian McNeill, Thomas Meade, Vinicyus Melo-Braga, James Mesce, Charles Meyers, Kyle Miskovich, Daniel Morace, Matthew Murray, Hunter Musson, John O'Hern, Michael Oross, Dominic Palumbo, Maguire Pecci, Julian Pena, Peter Pinto, Pierson Rambusch, Xavier Ramon, Nicholas Rein, Benjamin Ruvo, Max Ruvo, Daniel Samtani, Mark Samuel, Jake Sandomeno, Thomas Sarni, Robert Sheppard, Adam Silva, John Simone, Frank Spano, Benjamin Strauss, Dwight Thomas, Alan Torres, Charles Trebus, Francisco Valliciergo, Alex Wang, James Ward, Matthew Wettengel, Matthew Williams, Daniel Zarillo: and Seniors Bernie Chavez, Benjamin Groppe, Austin Harvey, Nicholas Napolitano, Adam Ned, Kyle Otto, Michael Ukrainskyj, Timothy Wise, William Yorke.

Essex County B'Ball Tournament Round 1 Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. Feb. 11, 2017

Pirates Sign to Play at the Next Level

Wed. Feb. 1, 2017

On February 1 seven Seton Hall Prep student-athletes gathered to commemorate their commitment to continue their athletic careers at the university level. Four of them celebrated the signing of a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

Pirates' New Jersey Soccer Player of the Year, Mason Toye, signed on with national power Indiana University. His 21 goals and 12 assists last season also saw him voted 1st Team All State, All Metro, All-County and All-Conference, in addtion to a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Regional and All-American Teams.

Pirates football All-State standout, Paul Theobald, signed with Boston College. Last fall he collected 165 tackles from the linebacker position and a pair of receiving TDs as a tight end. He was named Essex County Defensive Player of the Year, and earned 1st Team All-Confernce and All-State honors.

A pair of football players signed NLIs with Columbia University. Receiver Dwayne Warren, over the last two seasons, collected a dozen receiving TDs, among his 93 receptions for 1227 yards. He was named 1st team All-Area, All-Conference and All-County. Joining him at Columbia will be lineman Joshua Kaminski, who received 2nd Team United White Division honors at season's end.

Joining the Division I NLI signees was a trio of football players that have committed to play at DII or DIII institutions. Safety Matt Durborow will continue his play at Amherst University; offensive lineman Thomas Cavanagh has signed on with Saint Anselm College; and Captain and safety/running back Michael Mughetto will play at Tufts University.

The Class of 2021 Registers at SHP

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

Saturday Feb 5 was the biggest day of the year for The Prep Admission Office, as the months-long admission process came to a close with an overwhelmingly successful registration for the Class of 2021 taking place. While the sign-up for next year’s freshman class is now full, additional applications are still being accepted with the view that qualified future applicants will be moved to the existing wait list. • The total number of applicants for the Class of 2021 was 620, and counting. The most recently registered students come from 78 different towns— in New Jersey, New York, Georgia and China. The class hails from more than 100 different schools. • The previous weekend’s Candidate’s Day was noted by Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister as the largest turnout in his more than a dozen years in the Admission Office. That boded well for the actual registration day a week later.

Prep Players Team Up In support of A Special Hockey Team

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

Last Saturday the Pirates Hockey Team joined the long line of Prep teams that have come up with service programs in support of local community organizations. Spearheaded by senior Sam Kuprianov, the hockey team’s effort provided an on-ice clinic for the NJ Dare Devils, an organization based out of the Richard Codey Arena at South Mountain, which provides opportunitities for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in ice hockey. Practicing each Saturday afternoon, the Dare Devils comprise more that 50 developmentally delayed children and adults across a wide range of abilities, who participate in a brand of the sport known as “Special Hockey.” The Pirates players spent the first part of the clinic with the youngest children, who are just learning how to skate. The second session was a workout with the older players, including several drills to help better their game. For the entire afternoon, "having fun" was the top priority. • The Dare Devils program is headed by Manager Andy Piccirillo and Head Coach Steve Ritter.

Pirates In the Running at Catholic Track Conference Championships

Sun. Feb. 5, 2017

The Prep Celebrates Chinese New Year

Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017

On Thursday, February 2, SHP students ushered in the Year of the Rooster in a big way. Senior hosts Jianhao "Kevin" Zhang and junior Maguire Pecci introduced freshman Runze "Brandon" Zhao and senior JP Ennis, who kicked off the celebration with a traditional noisy salvo of drums and cymbals. After an introduction to the customs of the Chinese New Year, students in the Mandarin program gathered for a recitation of the poem "Yuan Ri" ("New Year's Day") by Song Dynasty poet Wang Anshi: "With the sound of fireworks, another year passes...everyone always replaces the old New Year charms with new ones".

Brandon Zhao and LG Marapao followed with a kendo swordfighting performance, set to music from the 1990 Kung fu film The Swordsman, accompanied by Mandarin teacher Michael Hegedus on the Chinese zither. Maguire Pecci introduced senior Qiaohao "Joseph" Chen, who sang the Chinese pop song "Can't Help Falling in Love", accompanied on guitar by sophomore Mingchen Chen. Mingchen is a recent arrival to The Prep, transferring to the school from China only 3 weeks ago!

The program ended with trivia and raffle prizes. The students used their phones to take surveys on questions like which fruits, colors and numbers were considered lucky in Chinese culture. Prize winners took home prizes ranging from candy and chopsticks to a lucky fortune cat Chinese decoration.

Pirates Battle to Draw with Public Power Glen Rock

Wed. Feb. 1, 2017

SHP Mock Trial Reaches County Final

Sun. January 30, 2017

The Seton Hall Prep Mock Trial Team competed in the Essex County Tournament in January. The team had a successful season, winning rounds against Essex Vocational Tech, Verona High, Montclair Kimberley Academy and former National Competitor Montclair High School. These victories led the squad to the Essex County Championship, where they lost to Newark Academy, as the team won their ninth consecutive County Championship. With nine returning members, the Mock Trial Team looks ahead to a competitive 2018 campaign. Mock trial roster: Michael Minasian, Ben Strauss, Peter Pinto, Jake Wozniak, Christian McNeil, Brian Brennan, Matthew Aurilia, Nicholas Pulice, Nicholas Minasian, Duren Horsey.

Weekend Games Posted in Gallery

Mon. January 30, 2017

Kairos 8631 Returns Following Four Days of Renewal and Self-Discovery

Fri. January 27, 2017

The large contingent of juniors and seniors attending January's Kairos (8631) returned Friday afternoon after four days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 50 student retreatants were led in their days of spiritual and personal exploration and renewal by 15 student leaders and 10 faculty. 

The student leaders, former Kairos retreatants, were Brendan Burke, Connor Davey, Cole Devine, James Ennis, Brendan Finney, Kevin Gately, Alexander Giaquinto, Collin Leigh, John Luke Lembo, Nico Mottesi, Stephen Rivera, Josh Tannen, Brian Tevlin, Michael Ukrainskyj and Kevin young. Staff members assisting were Matthew Bonder, William Denk, Margaret Mainardi, Vin McMahon, Seann Farrell, Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Mark Vitale, Director of Retreats Billy Ward, Chaplain Jim White and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan.

Kairos 8631 was the third of the five Kairos Retreats scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year. For insight and details about Kairos activities visit the December post on Kairos 8630.

Essex County and SEC Swim Championship Medalists in Media Gallery

Thur. January 26, 2017

Weekend Hockey Victory Posted in Media Gallery

Sat. January 21, 2017

Wrestling Championship Photos in Media Gallery

Fri. January 20, 2017

Pirate Wrestling Into Top 20

Mon. January 16, 2017

Pirates Baseball & a Day of Games for Their Special Friends

Sun. January 15, 2017

On Sunday January 15 the Pirates Baseball Program, along with 20 students from Mount St. Dominic and another 20 Prep student volunteers, hosted a Games Carnival for developmentally delayed and physically challenged children and adults. With more than 150 guests arriving from area group homes or as individuals accompanied by their parents, the afternoon’s activities included games, movies, snacks and magic. The number of attendees was double that of the inaugural carnival held two years ago, due in large part to the efforts of Co-Directors of Camp New Day, Mike Ollo and SHP’s Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, as well as Pirates Baseball team members Mike Ukrainskyj, Josh Tannen and Eric Raio. The group homes bringing individuals to enjoy the day’s activities included ARC of Essex/Cedar Grove, ARC of Essex/Verona, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled, Hudson Milestone, Washington Residence, Millburn Group home, West Caldwell Group Home, Orange Group Home, Clarmont-Montclair, Marmon, Murry, Asbrook, Oakwood and Gregory House.

It was clear from the expressions on everyone's faces that the afternoon was a huge success. One parent whose son attended the carnival wrote Coach Sheppard the following day, with a message of gratitude, first offering specific thanks to her son’s player escorts… “I am so thankful to them both! [My son] has low-functioning autism and is non-verbal. Although [he] has a chronological age of 20-years-old, his overall age and physical ability level is that of a 3-5 year old. [Your players] were amazing, encouraging [him] to participate in all the activities and were very helpful instructing him to achieve success. All the students deserve the same praise! Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly, greeting [him], giving him Fist-Bumps and Hi-Fives. [My son] gleamed with a smile the entire time and continues to speak of Carnival!"

In addition to the winter games carnival, Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard’s program also hosts a fall baseball clinic in conjunction with Camp New Day, as well as providing service at Thanksgiving to the Livingston Mall and the Community Food Bank’s food drive.

Wrestling Victory Posted to Gallery

Sat. January 14, 2017

Mothers Auxiliary Celebrates 2016 Success, Presenting Huge Check to The Prep

Mon. January 9, 2017

Just before the Winter Break the Prep Mothers Auxiliary celebrated the organization's many 2016 successes with a festive evening of Christmas spirit at their annual Christmas Social. Following upon a wide variety of activities which included multiple fund-raisers and the year-long mammoth effort towards their Fall Fashion Show, organization President Donna Pinto, Past-President Cathy DeCarlo-Egan and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston highlighted the evening's program with the presentation to The Prep of a check for $110,000.

Hockey Photos Posted to Media Gallery

Mon. January 9, 2017

B'Ball Photos Posted to Media Gallery

Sun. January 8, 2017

Young Alumni Day- A Time For Catching Up

Fri. January 6, 2017

On Friday January 6 Seton Hall Prep welcomed back close to 175 recently graduated alumni for an afternoon of shared stories of college life and reminiscences with faculty and students at the school. The annual event, held on the day the school celebrates the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and generally draws alumni from the two or three most recent graduated classes.

Big Hardcourt Win Posted to Gallery

Thurs. January 5, 2017

Pirates Wrestling Defeats Mountaineers

Wed. January 4, 2017

Pirates Win a Rout and a Nail-Biter at Neptune Tournament

Wed. December 28, 2016

Advent Liturgy and Concert– a Fine Send-Off to Christmas Break

Thurs. December 22, 2016

The Seton Hall Prep Community headed off to Christmas Break on December 21 following the school’s Advent liturgy and a mini-concert presented by the C-Tonians and the Band. The Prep’s headmaster and principal celebrant Msgr. Robert Harahan, joined at the altar by SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Chaplains Revs. Zachary Swantek and James White, delivered his Christmas message, centered on the timely question of “not what will you get, but what will you give?” for Christmas.

The Christmas Concert featured several songs offered by the a cappella group C-Tonians and a specially crafted version of “The Night Before Christmas,” teaming Msgr. Harahan and the Band. Highlighting the morning’s event, and putting to rest rumors of his retirement or even demise, Rudolph appeared from stage right as the Band struck up his theme song.

Big Hockey Win Posted to Gallery

Sat. December 17, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project

Sat. December 17, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.

In the early morning hours of the day before Thanksgiving, when most students were enjoying a well-deserved day off from school, Mr. Snyder's STEM class was loading up a small bus in preparation for their "near-space weather balloon" launch. The project was two months in the making and integrated the four components of STEM education into a team-based project. While only in its inaugural year at Seton Hall Prep, the STEM program provided its students with the invaluable experience of working in a businesslike environment in which each student had a specific role, and if any of those roles were not taken seriously, the success of the entire project would be in jeopardy. Harry Roman, a retired engineer for PSE&G, an inventor, and an educational innovator for STEM Education shared his thoughts on the project: "This project put the students in a powerful environment that might very turn out to be one of the most real-world experiences that these students get in high school or college. Not only did the students have to take their work seriously, but they to take complete ownership over the whole project. No matter their talents, they needed to work as a team in order for this project to achieve substantial success."

Dave Snyder '89, the teacher of the STEM class, lauds the students' determination and their appreciation of The Prep's motto, Hazard Zet Forward. "While each student owned a critical role in this project, they all knew that they had to work together to overcome every challenge. As an example, if the Video Coordinator (Adam Ned) didn't work with the Build Coordinator (Robert Budzyn) regarding the requirements, weight, and location of his apparatus, the Build Coordinator would not have been able to give the logistical coordinator (Luyi Tang) the information required to predict the flight path. If the Technology Coordinator (Aaron Deditch) was not involved in every step of the decision-making process, the team would not have been able to obtain and access the GPS information and the copious data that the flight computer provided. All of this of course was moderated by our Project Manager (Julian Braun), who made sure that all of the pieces of the puzzle worked well with each other and that the launch would have the highest probability of success."

What was their definition of success? Working together to have a successful launch, but the "journey" along the way proved to be just as valuable as the end result. Every aspect of this project forced the team to have discussions and make decisions. Each decision had to be carefully considered and researched. Even though high-altitude balloon launching has been achieved before, no single resource has a clear "How-to" recipe for the perfect process. The students had to vet the myriad resources and then make decisions based on our location, our particular payload, and our desired flight time. In addition to a successful launch, the team decided that they would build the payload and then inflate the balloon with enough helium to target an altitude of 60,000 feet – an elevation that would place their project in the stratosphere where temperatures would dance around -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the barometric pressure would be less than a tenth of what we experience on the ground. At that point the balloon would have exploded and the payload would float to the ground attached to its parachute.

As the design and assembly of the payload progressed through October and November, the team had to plan several possible launch sites. If the balloon were launched from The Prep, it would soar over the Atlantic Ocean within 20 minutes. The team considered several locations west of The Prep, and it was agreed that an ideal location would be Mr. Snyder's alma mater – The University of Scranton. The day before the launch, we informed the air traffic control tower at the local Scranton airport about our launch, and they gave us the green light. Upon arriving at the campus, we set up our launch site and other than a few foreboding trees, the location was perfect and the skies were exceptionally clear. After firing up the two GPS trackers, the flight computer, and the audio beacon, the team pumped their desired amount of helium (90 cubic feet) into the balloon while measuring the lift with a handheld scale. That measurement was critical since it controlled the maximum altitude and flight distance. Once each team member was satisfied, we agreed to launch and the rest of the flight was at the fate of the atmosphere.

The team quickly got back on the bus for the chase. The students tracked the balloon on their phones while the GPS trackers relayed their locations every three minutes. Mr. Snyder recalled the feeling on the bus trip back to New Jersey: "We knew that the GPS trackers could not communicate beyond 60,000 feet, and when the tracking halted after about an hour, we were nervous and excited. Excited, because we suspected that the balloon made it to our desired altitude. Nervous, because we were hoping that the GPS trackers would regain contact as the payload descended to the earth. After about twenty minutes of tension, we received GPS coordinates again and we were ecstatic." Eventually the balloon landed just one mile west of the Hudson River in a wooded area of Tenafly. After realizing that they couldn't retrieve the payload that day, the team hired a local tree service to get the payload back in their hands.

With the invaluable flight computer and GoPro in our possession, the team pored over the data from the flight recorder and the video from the GoPro video camera. The results were far beyond the team's expectations. Some of the most noteworthy measurements were as follows:

  • Maximum altitude was 95,000 feet – demolishing our minimum target of 60,000 feet
  • At the maximum altitude the balloon would have been the size of a one-car garage
  • Maximum achieved speed was 136 mph in the jet stream
  • Lowest temperature was –60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • GoPro battery froze at 47,000 feet
  • Entire flight was approximately two hours
  • Lowest barometric pressure was 6 millibars. (Standard atmospheric pressure at seas level is 1013 millibars.)

One of the most powerful educational tools that resulted from this project came from the sharing of the data with other courses such as Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Once those teachers got ahold of that information, they immediately found copious connections to the their disciplines. Kevin McNulty, the Assistant Headmaster, reacted: "The fact that our students provided authentic data to other science courses in our school was an outstanding contribution to the educational program at Seton Hall Prep."

The STEM class will continue its work this year with a Raspberry Pi project, the Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition, and yes, another near-space balloon launch is a possibility!

Here is a link to the spreadsheet of data from the flight computer. If you have any questions about the data, please email Dave Snyder at

Christmas Concert Sets the Stage for Winter Break

Wed. December 15, 2016

The Annual Christmas Concert set the stage for next week’s Winter Break on the evening of November 14 in Giblin Auditorium. Under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joseph Neglia the Band kicked off the evening’s program with an eclectic group of selections, ranging from Franz Von Suppe and Giuseppe Verdi to Mars Bonfire to Frank Loesser, Louis Prima, Quincy Jones and Jose Feliciano.

The first part of the 125-member band’s program was followed by a half-dozen selections by the C-Tonians. Directed by Theresa Neglia the group sang pieces from the 12th century and traditional American spirituals, as well as songs by Irving Berlin, George Harrison, as well as a 1950’s #1 hit by Slay and Crewe. As the evening drew to a close the large audience received Christmas blessings from Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and the eagerly awaited news from Director Neglia that the Spring Musical will be Guys and Dolls.

View the Christmas Concert program here...

The Christmas Season Begins in Earnest

Thurs. December 8, 2016

6th Annual Hunger Summit Explores Solutions

Wed. December 7, 2016

On November 15, the 6th annual convocation of Seton Hall Prep's High School Hunger Summit brought together students from 16 metro-area high schools to brainstorm about and make proposals to deal with the world-wide scourge of hunger and malnutrition. Prep Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon and The Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano welcomed more than 220 students and two dozen advisers who share the same passion and enthusiasm about hunger and poverty issues in New Jersey, and laid out the morning's activities- the basic premise of the conference being not merely to empathize with those suffering from hunger, but to come up with real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies.

Following the welcomes, the students set out for their choices among ten workshops, where they brainstormed on the group’s topic and came up with action points that they would bring to the morning’s concluding assembly. Among the presenters and workshops Ms. Lisa Pitz- "Hunger Hurts: Be a Hunger Advocate", Ms. Julie Rusin- "Community Gardening and Local Farms: Bringing Nutrition to all, Ms. Vesta Godwin Clark- "Soup Kitchens and Pantries: NJ's Safety Net, Ms. LaChell Miller- "Good Nutrition in Hard Economic Times", Ms. Jessica Fernandez- "Changing the Landscape of Peace: One Garden at a Time in Newark,” Mr. Jim Andreano- "Climate Change: How it Impacts Food,” Ms. Ruth Dekker- "Global Hunger: How Can a Young Person Make a difference?,” Ms. Linda Rivera- "I want to Make a Difference: How do I start?" and Ms. Catharina Wolfe- "Communicate and Mobilize.” The advisors from each school convened in the conference room to exchange ideas on ways that they and their school’s student activists can make an impact.

Seton Hall’s student event coordinators were Andrew Handal and Daniel Wikstrom, with assistance from Daniel Caicedo, Sam Sayles, Brandon Ruiz, Jake Smith and Jake Tarnoff. They were directed in the undertaking by Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella and Vincent McMahon.

30th Kairos Retreat Returns to The Prep, Renewed

Fri. December 2, 2016

The Prep's 30th Kairos Retreat returned to school on Friday December 2 following four days away from the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time," was spent in Long Valley at the Liebenzell Retreat Center. The retreat features time for presentations and follow-up small group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection and evening Mass.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

Kairos 86.30 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Chris Coppola, Domenick DelGuercio, Jack Ehrich, Christian Galvano, Jack Haley, Michael Mesce, Aidan Mihalik, Eric Raio, Brandon Ruiz, CK Stlekar. They were assisted by faculty members Vinny McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek

Hockey Home Opener Added to Media Gallery

Wed. November 30, 2016

Trimester Ends with Prayers of Thanksgivng

Tue. November 22, 2016

On Tuesday November 22 Seton Hall Prep celebrated the end of the first trimester and the approaching holiday break with a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in Giblin Auditorium. History teacher David Giarrusso presided over the dual assemblies, which had as their theme the life, contributions and mission of Mother Teresa, who was canonized in September as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Spanish teacher Margaret Mainardi spoke to the students about her personal calling to expand her role as a Prep language teacher to that of ministry to the Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Paterson Diocese. Later, a dozen students with roots in a wide spectrum of the world’s nations took to the podium, reminding the assemblies of the many needs of vast populations that do not have the great fortune to share in the abundance that we may take for granted as Americans.

Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent

Mon. November 21, 2016

In the first week of November six Prep student athletes each signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The Prep student athletes gathered with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their coaches David Giarrusso (lacrosse), Randy Schweitzer (swimming) and Michael Sheppard (baseball)for photos to commemorate the signings: Brian Tevlin signed with Yale University, for lacrosse, as did Sean Quinn, with Drexel University. Colby Dixon signed with Bryant University for swimming. Jack Mahala signed with Harvard University, for baseball, as did brothers Jamil and Jermaine Vanheyningen, with Campbell University.

This November signing period is the first of several periods during the year when high school athletes can sign an NLI.

The Curtain Rises on Our Town

Sat. November 12, 2016

On November 11 and 12 the Giblin Auditorium curtain rose on Seton Hall Prep’s performance of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. The 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama broke new ground when it was first performed in Princeton’s McCarter Theater, with minimal scenery or props, a play within a play, and a main character who bridges the gap between the audience and the actors on stage. That formidable role of Stage Manager was played by senior Erney Fertile, who led the audience on an exploration of the small town life of the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Senior Edwin Donnelly, a first time actor on the SHP stage, took on the role of George Gibbs. Playing opposite him in the role of Emily Webb was Quinn Barnitt, daughter of guidance counselor Chris Barnitt ’88. Three acts divide the action to tell the story of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying."

Our Town was directed by Theresa Neglia. The townsfolk of Grover’s Corners were played by Cody Kohn, Ben Ballway, Paolo Arante, Lillian Shea, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Lily-Max Cooke, John Bartolomeo, Elias Getahaun, Luke Alexander, Dave Schuldiner, Nicole Goldberg, Finn Witt, Jessica Cuntrera, Brandon Ruiz, Nicholas Ferrara, Seamus O’Neill, Brian Cadag and Nicholas Rauschenberger.

Pirates Fall a Goal Short in State Final

Sun. November 13, 2016

Pirates Grab No. Jersey Soccer Title in Shootout

Thur. November 10, 2016

Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and The Reynolds Award Presentation

Wed. November 9, 2016

The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated at the organization’s Annual Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name and memory of Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose energy and leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep. This year’s recipients were former FC president Joseph Brower and the Prep’s Director of the Media Center and Math teacher Mary Ann DeTrolio.

Read about the honorees in the event program.

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Pirates Soccer State Tournament in Gallery

Mon. November 7, 2016

Football Regular Season Finale Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. November 5, 2016

Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show— Another Huge Success

Thur. November 3, 2016

Thursday November 3 marked the 35th Annual rendition of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show. Co-Chaired by Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston, “A Moment in Time” celebrated Prep students’ time at SHP and the school's 160th anniversary. In addition to scores of raffle gifts, the drawings for several deluxe gifts highlighted the evening’s festivities— a Burberry wrap, a $1000 Amex gift card, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Mac laptop. A trio of diamond pieces were spotlighted in the Jewelry Auction. The Grand Raffle prize was a $10,000 American Express gift card.

Following dinner the huge crowd of 720 enjoyed a fashion parade provided by Macy’s of Short Hills and emceed by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, featuring both professional models and 23 Prep seniors, modelling a variety of fashions, from tuxes to sport wear to business attire. Prep English teacher John Pascal joined the seniors on the runway. Popular stops during the cocktail hour before dinner were the Prep Store and the Mothers Auxiliary Store, which introduced a pair of newly designed silk scarves featuring well-known Prep imagery.

Seniors Gather for Class Photo

Tues. November 1, 2016

On Tuesday the members of the Class of 2016 passed a milestone on the way towards graduation, as they gathered on Verducci Field for the class photo. 

7 Students Inducted Into National Chinese Honor Society

Tues. November 1, 2016

Pictured above are Seton Hall Prep's National Chinese Honor Society members (l-r): Maguire Pecci, David Towell, Richard "Whit" Denton, Alain Kouassi, William Banker, and Winston James. Not pictured is fellow inductee, Owen Rogers.

The inaugural induction ceremony of the National Chinese Honor Society took place this morning as seven students were welcomed into the Prep's chapter of the national organization. All have taken four years of Chinese, and have excelled in their mastering of the language. In coordination with the International Program, they will be engaged in service projects “working towards world peace and prosperity.”

Mandarin Program Director Michael Hegedus greeted the inductees and several parents and faculty members. Each student then rose and, speaking in Mandarin, recited the pledge of the organization. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan concluded proceedings, extending congratulations to the inductees and with remarks praising their accomplishments and the bar-raising effect that the program has had on the entire Prep curriculum.

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Mon. October 31, 2016

Halloween Celebration Added to Media Gallery

Sun. October 30, 2016

Essex County Soccer Final- Photos Posted

Sat. October 29, 2016

Senior Day Victory Over MOUNTIES in Media Gallery

Thurs. October 20, 2016

32nd Hall of Fame Honors The Prep's Athletic Legacy

On Thursday October 20, Seton Hall Prep inducted nine former players and an outstanding team into the school’s 32nd Hall of Fame. SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly noted that the evening’s festivities “recognized a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we costantly strive to uphold.” Along with the 1982-83 Wrestling Team “they are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and most deserving of this most prestigious award.”

The honorees were Donald Carter ’87 (Track), Christopher Rogers ’89 (Lacrosse), Derek Fogg ’91 (Swimming), Michael Walsh ’94 (Basketball, Football), Michael Cordovano ’97 (Hockey), Christopher Andrews ’05 (Basketball), Christopher O’Dougherty ’05 (Lacrosse), Alex Wujciak ’06 (Football, Basketball), Michael Ness ’06 (Baseball), 1982-83 Wrestling Team.

View the 32nd Hall of Fame program.

Sat. October 22, 2016

Football Photos in Media Gallery

Fri. October 21, 2016

2016's Inaugural Kairos Retreat Returns Refreshed

On Friday October 21 the 31 juniors and senior members of the Prep's 29th Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time" was spent at the bucolic setting of the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

The current retreat was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Michael Corcoran, James Kemp, Will Korrner, Sam Kuprianov, Thomas Magnier, Jack McConeghy, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, PJ Murphy, Jack Neinstedt and Matthew Robinso, They were assisted by faculty memers Vin McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward, Msgr. Harahan and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek.

Fri. October 14, 2016

Dodgeball Tourney Raises Cancer Awareness

Last Friday night the 8th Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament brought together 24 six-man teams that raised over $1000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year's winning team, the Dirty Dodgers, comprising seniors Alex Giaquinto and Sean Quinn and juniors Cole Kirst, Andrew Gorelick, Peter Tevis, and Charlie Trebus, defeated The Big Als in an exciting final match without losing a single player. The 2014 champions, The Justice League, earned third place in a consolation match against Kemp's Kids. The gym was "rockin'" the entire night, filled with friendly competition to raise money for a important cause.

Football Victory Album

Soccer Victory Posted in Media Gallery

SHP Engineers Visit Lehigh

Photos and story courtesy of Science Department Chairperson, Kelly Ford

Twelve students from the Honors Introduction to Engineering class and six students from the Engineering Club traveled to Lehigh University on the October 10th holiday to tour research facilities and labs. They first visited ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems) Engineering Research Center where students learned how bridges, skyscrapers, and shear walls are tested at full scale. They then built their own K'Nex structures to test in the earthquake simulator.

The group then moved on to the Health Research Hub for a quick tour of the bioengineering labs and then to the dining hall for lunch and a rest. After lunch, they explored materials science and engineering at the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, where they checked out a scanning electron microscope and tested the strength of several different metal beams, and the Additive Manufacturing Lab, where they learned more about the 3-D printing technology (in both plastic and metal) utilized in their Engineering class.

A prompt tour of the Fluid Mechanics lab followed, where they learned about the formation of vortices around airplane and bird wings (think of a runner or truck "drafting" off of another). The day concluded with an exploration of the machining student shop (the "subtractive" manufacturing counterpart to 3-D printing) and the engines lab, where they ran tests on a turbo-charged Cadillac engine. It was a productive day that left students with full brains and tired legs.

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Special Friendships Renewed at Baseball Clinic

While the fringes of a weakening Hurricane Matthew forced the day’s events indoors, the Pirates Baseball Program nevertheless hosted a renewal of the Annual Baseball Clinic for their special needs guests on Sunday, October 9, in the gym. After several years of sponsorship of these clinics and with many guests returning year after year, many team members and guests were already on a first-name basis as the event got underway.

With a smaller than usual group of residents from Camp New Day in attendance due to the storm Camp Director and Prep teacher Vinnie McMahon led off the afternoon’s program with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by the team and guests circling up for warm-up exercises. Several members of last spring’s No.1 and state championship team demonstrated throwing, catching and fielding techniques while Coach Mike Sheppard handled batting. The afternoon closed with some batting practice and a game, pitting the juniors against the guests and seniors.

Sunday’s clinic was a further demonstration of The Prep’s athletic teams’ commitment to service to organizations in the surrounding communities.

Big Soccer Win Over Kearny

Friday Night Football Posted to Media Gallery

Soccer Win vs Newark Tech in New Album in Gallery

Football vs Pope John Posted to Media Gallery

11 Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly flank The Prep's National Merit Semifinalists Ray Lozano and Kevin O'Connor. They are joined by the schools' nine Commended students (L-R) Conor Vedova, Noah Gould, Chasse Rush, Owen Talmadge, Philip Sprague, Andrew Handal, Andrew Deditch, Julian Londono (front) and Tomas Gato. 

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty announced that 11 Prep students have been recognized for their exceptional achievement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation— two of them as Semifinalists and nine as Commended Students. Of the 1.5 million students who sat for the PSAT last fall, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit®Scholarship Program. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. About 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

This year Ray Lozano and Kevin O’Connor have been designated as a Semifinalists, and by maintaining their academic performance level they will be eligible for designation as Finalists. Additionally, the following students have been designated as Commended Students: Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse E. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova.

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Wed. September 28, 2016

Pirates Cross Country Victory in Media Gallery

Tue. September 27, 2016

Pirates Football vs St. Peter's Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. September 24, 2016

Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Thur. September 22, 2016

Activities and Service Fair: Invitation to Get Involved

Tue. September 20, 2016

The Class of 2020 got a first taste of the myriad organizations and activities offered at The Prep as the Annual Activities and Service Fair took place on Tuesday morning. The gym was bedecked with displays by dozens of clubs and activities, manned by each organization’s leadership, on hand to recruit new members, explain their work and answer questions from the newest members of the community. Leaving a name and email address at each station will have the students in contact with the clubs in the coming days. 

Among the many organizations presenting were: Cultural Clubs: Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Competitive Academic Teams:  Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Publication: The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook, Service Clubs:  Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Be the Match, Wounded Warrior, Habitat for Humanity , Service Club, American Red Cross Club, Community Food Bank, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Alzheimer’s Awareness Organization, Leukemia/ Lymphoma Research Society, Performing Arts Organizations: “C” Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry, School Organizations: Pirate Nation, The Ambassadors, Student Council , Clubs and Activities: Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, SHP Crew Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Independent Society, Political Forum Club, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Pirate Adventure Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Visual Arts Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Silk Road Pop A Capella, Video Game Club, Video Game Design Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network.

Football Photos vs Paramus Catholic Posted

Sat. September 17, 2016

Team Up Day for concussion safety

September 13, 2016

WEST ORANGE – Seton Hall Preparatory School takes academics, athletics, and the health and the well-being of its community members very seriously. The Prep has more than 950 students, of which 70 percent participate in Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman sports teams. With the vast participation in these programs, a harsh reality is that injuries will inevitably occur. “Our athletes’ health has always been, and will continue to be our number one focus,” stated Larry Baggitt, SHP Director of Athletics.

The SHP athlete needs to take ownership of helping to keep their peers healthy. Because of this, SHP will join the mission of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, ( with founder Chris Nowaski, who is a former Harvard football player and WWE wrestler, on Team Up Day, Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the core message that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion symptoms in a teammate.

All 950 students will hear this message together on Team Up Day, and then again when the team captains reiterate the message that day at each of the team practices. The message is three-fold: 1. We’re a Team. Teammates look out for one another on and off the field. 2. A teammate with a concussion is a teammate that needs your help. They may not be able to recognize their own injury, putting them at risk, and an athlete with a concussion will be mistake-prone and ineffective. Getting them off the field is good for your teammate, and good for your team. 3. The expectation to speak up if you think your teammate might have a concussion. A team leader’s attitude sets the tone for how the entire team responds to concussions. All members of the team are expected to speak up to the coach, team captain or athletic trainer if they see something.

Junior Ryan Martynowicz leads the charge for SHP learning about the Concussion Legacy Foundation mission. Ryan sustained a concussion prior to attending Seton Hall at a swim meet. He said that his concussion was life-altering and that he did not fully regain his memory for almost 11 months. Ryan is proud that his high school, Seton Hall Prep, takes concussions seriously and holds the health of its athletes as the paramount concern. “The support I received from the SHP swim coaches and teammates when I returned to the pool was invaluable to allowing me to continue to swim,” stated Ryan.

The ultimate goal of Team Up Day is to improve concussion reporting rates and strengthen team bonds – Team Up, Speak Up.

In 1905, Harvard University Head Football Coach Bill Reid wrote a diary of the season. He documented the team doctor’s annual safety speech to the team, in which the doctor said: “In case any man in any game gets hurt by a hit on the head so that he does not realize what he is doing, his teammate should at once insist that time be called and that a doctor come onto the field to see what is the trouble.”

A speech from a person of authority to his team members instructing them to report concussion symptoms in teammates has been lost to history. Without these instructions, many players still think they are being a good teammate by covering for a peer with a concussion. That sort of sentiment is not, and will not be acceptable at Seton Hall Prep. “We are one team, and we will always look out for our brothers!” Team Up, Speak Up.

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Class of 2020- Building the Team at Field Day

Tue. September 13, 2016

Kicking off the day with a Class of 2020 photo, which will hopefully be re-enacted four years from now, the members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors came together for a day of games and team building on Tuesday. With construction taking place at the Kelly Athletic Complex, the full day of activities took place on campus this year. Volleyball, football and relays highlighted the morning, with the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch to culminate the afternoon.

Soccer Wins in OT

Tue. September 13, 2016

Football Season Opens vs Peddie

Sat. September 10, 2016

Mr. John R. Pascal to do book signing Sept. 17

September 9, 2016

Mr. Pascal is a contributing author to a new book called Mark Twain & Youth published by Bloomsbury Academic. He is in the writing company of the world’s most renowned and published scholars in Mark Twain Studies. This book fully explores the different youth themes in both the life and writings of Mark Twain.

Representing Seton Hall Preparatory School, his chapter focuses on his students’ reactions to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and two of Twain’s early comedic short stories.

Mr. Pascal is signing bookplates for his book copies at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Livingston Mall on Saturday, September 17th from 9 AM to 10 PM. He does not earn any money on the book sales; all proceeds go to the Mark Twain Home in Hartford, Conn.; the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO; the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira, NY; and the Mark Twain Project at the University of California.

Benefiting Seton Hall Prep, his book sales along with any other product purchased that day will have a portion of proceeds given to The Prep, courtesy of the generosity of Barnes & Noble. The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary will be on hand for the entire day and evening to support Mr. Pascal as well as to distribute vouchers for the proceeds to The Prep.

Mr. Pascal will make three fifteen minutes presentations on the book at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM.

A cum laude graduate of Villanova University, he earned his M.B.A. at Seton Hall University, and his M.A. in English at Montclair State University. He is now in his 16th year teaching 9th and 11th grade English and his second year of teaching his created course The Writings of Mark Twain. He serves as moderator of numerous student clubs and the Student Council. Recognized as a generous teacher, counselor, and moderator, he received the school’s Salvatore N. Caprio Award in 2010.

Please come and support your former teacher’s literary accomplishment; email Mr. Pascal at for any further information. In case you cannot make the book signing, the book is available for purchase via Amazon and Bloomsbury Academic and Mr. Pascal will be happy to send you a personally inscribed bookplate.

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School Begins with Mass of the Holy Spirit

Wed. September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, saw the beginning of classes, highlighted by the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Chaplain Rev. James White celebrated the morning's liturgy for the seniors and juniors, joined at the altar by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Rev. William Melillo. Adding luster to the day was the ceremony for the commissioning of a new group of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The afternoon's Mass for the freshman and sophomores was celebrated by Chaplain Zach Swantek, joined by President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Harahan, Fr. Melillo and newly ordained Deacon Kurt Landeck '72.

The 21 newly commissioned ministers are Brian Cadag, Felipe Cambeiro, Matthew Clarkin, Christian Galvano, Alexander Giaquinto, Kevin Hannon, Creighton Hendrix, John Luke Lembo, Collin Leigh, Thomas Magnier, Daniel Marini, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Jack Nienstedt, Joseph Polifonte, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Russo, Jonathan Santos, Jake Smith and Brian Tevlin.

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The Class of 2020 Is in the House

Wed. September 1, 2016

The Class of 2020 spent Day One at Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday as the 265 newest members of the Prep Community attended their Freshman Orientation. Following welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, the group heard from a number of other Prep administrators, as well as the members of the Student Council Executive Board. Then it was time to meet their Peer Mentors, the seniors that would lead them through their first year at the school. Breaking up into 14 groups, the frosh began the afternoon by learning new names and getting comfortable in the new environment. Later on they got their schedules, received their locks, lockers and backpacks, got their photos taken, heard from the Assistant Headmaster for Academics, the Directors of Activities and Campus Ministry, and finished off by learning the Alma Mater. Later in the evening, they would regale their parents with the school song as the adults concluded their own orientation. On Thursday the class, accompanied by the senior Peer Mentors, would spend the day off campus at the Annual Freshman Retreat.

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SHP Welcomes the Class of 2020

Sat. August 27, 2016

Seton Hall Prep greeted the Class of 2020 with a Welcome Picnic on Saturday at the Kelly Athletic Complex. With  the grills manned by members of the Prep Fathers Club, the 700 guests enjoyed burgers and hot dogs, as well as the day's perfect weather. The freshman families heard from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and Jim White, and Fathers Club President Michael Nilan. SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan offered special greetings to the families, welcoming them to "their new home" and encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves over the coming months and years.

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Peer Leaders- At Work to Prepare for the New Year

Wed. August 10, 2016

The first week of August saw The Prep's new team of Peer Leaders hit the trail for Pennsylvania and their three-day retreat and workshop that would begin to prepare them for their important task of leading the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. The 28 seniors, accompanied by program advisers Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford, worked on building their own team, as well as taking part in discussions and learning some of the skills that point them towards the retreat's ultimate task of forming the 2-man teams that will lead each freshman homeroom. On Tuesday evening, left to their own resources, the adults having been asked to get out, the 3-hour job to find the right chemistry for the 14 teams set up both the Peer Leaders and the Class of 2020 for a great start to the year. The seniors will meet their freshmen on Orientation Day on August 31.

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3rd Annual Memorial lacrosse Festival Celebrates the Life and Spirit of Brendan Tevlin '13

Sat. July 30, 2016

Last Saturday, the 3rd Annual Brendan Tevlin Memorial Lacrosse Festival brought together scores of New Jersey lacrosse fans and friends of the slain Seton Hall Prep graduate, Brendan P. Tevlin '13. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the event began three years ago as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate the life and spirit of Brendan. The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, now hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at the Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex. Irish flavor was added to the event, as the players entered the field accompanied by pipers from the Shillelagh Club and South Park Pipes and Drums Corps.

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24 Rising 8th Graders Complete First Ever Pirates Academy

Fri. July 15, 2016

Seton Hall Prep opened its doors this summer to 24 eager rising 8th graders from around the state to embark on a two-week journey and introduction to life at The Prep.

Pirates Academy members gained experience utilizing the school's 3D printers, preparing for high school level math and english courses, learning about our impressive Fine Arts program, performing labs in the state-of-the-art science wing, and participating in athletics under the direction of our varsity coaches.

This nine-day excursion into life as a Pirate also encompassed the service component of Seton Hall Prep's mission, as students prepared sandwiches in the dining hall for St. John's Soup Kitchen. Pirates Academy concluded with a rafting trip down six miles of the Delaware River followed by a hike along the Mt. Tammany Trail in the Delaware Water Gap. While on the trip, Assistant Headmaster, Kevin McNulty, observed, "These students have already created new friendships in less than two weeks and they may have these relationships for years to come." One student from Weehawken said, "Thank you for two of the best weeks of my life."

"We truly hit the ground running in our first year," commented Mr. David Snyder, SHP Teacher, Coach, and Pirates Academy Director. "The students eagerly took to all the lessons and activities, which was due in large part to the incredible engagement of our faculty, who came in to run specific lessons for the boys. We wanted these young men to get a sample of Seton Hall Prep by providing them with the tools to thrive in a rigorous academic program, and the experience of community that characterizes The Prep. Next year we strive to build on this positive momentum!"

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Golf Outing a Huge Success

Mon. June 20, 2016

On June 20 Seton Hall Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the Annual Golf Outing, bringing together nearly 200 alumni, parents and friends for a day of fun, food and friendship on the 36 holes of the Montclair Golf Club. With so many golfers and generous sponsors, the event was also a huge financial success. The Tournament Sponsor, The Daniels Group, was joined in the support effort by Jim Burke/Capital Partners as Golf Cart Sponsor; The Colangelo Family /Complete Business Connections as Gift Sponsor; Acorn Financial Services as Bag Tag Sponsor; Frankoski Construction as Dinner Sponsor; Sandy Hill Foundation /Frank Walsh as Beverage Sponsor; Flag Wharf, Inc./Cannon Family Foundation, Inc. as Lunch Sponsor; Ted McDonagh '90 and Mike Cuccolo '90 as Beverage Cart Sponsors; Averill Fundraising as Straightest Drive Sponsor; and Mike Moretti/Morgan Stanley as Closest to Pin Sponsor.

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iOS Apps on display

Thur. June 2, 2016

A few days before the end of school, students in The Prep's iOS App Development elective showed off their wares at a lunch time gathering in the auditorium. Leading the presentation were juniors Francis Prior and Eric Rao, who had created "DoublePlay," an app that calculates batting and earned run averages, as well as a couple other esoteric "inside baseball" stats. They also used Fabric, Twitter's developer analytics framework, to track useage and daily new user counts of their app.

Joining them in completing their projects were: Chris Koonjy (“Currency Converter”), Richard Beeferman (“Tip Calculator”), Ed Ramirez and Gabe Ribeiro (“Soccer Stadium Database”), Reggie Lahens (“Note Taking App”), David Parchment (“Dictionary App”), Stephen Liss and Seth Constant (“Military Time Converter App”), Andrew Cerbo (“Tapping Game”), Ron Cullen (“Block Trace Game”), Oluwaseyi Williams and Joe Mendoza (“JumpPig Game”), Darrell Wakefield (“Baseball Statistics App”), Proeve Mosaku (“Pokemon Points App”), Cole Hass and Austin Lupo (“Feet-Meter Conversion App”), Ron George (“Movie App Recommendation App”), David Florentine (“Flappy Pirate Game”), Jeremy Lederman (“Hockey Goalie Calculator App”).

The iOS App Development elective is offered to upperclassmen during the school year. Seton Hall Prep is the only New Jersey Catholic prep school to offer such a course. The class assumes no prior knowledge of programming and culminates in the students’ final project— app that will run successfully on an iPhone. The app must conform to Apple’s Human Interface and App Store guidelines. Students taking the class for honors credit must include two additional frameworks into their app besides the default UIKit framework provided by Apple.

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Seton Hall Knocks Off No. 3 St. Augustine for State Title and No. 1 Spot in New Jersey

Sat. June 11, 2016

Yesterday, behind a strong start from freshman pitcher Nick Maldonado, experienced relief from senior Brandon Shamieh, as well as timely hitting from seniors Jack Zyska and Nick DiNicola, Seton Hall Prep won the program's eighth state championship, this time by a 4-2 score over No. 3 ranked St. Augustine.

It was the bottom of the fourth that spelled the difference in the game for the Pirates. First-baseman Ryan Toohers led off with a two-bagger to the wall in the left-field gap, followed by a walk to Justin Miller. DiNicola scored Toohers with a single up the middle. Then Zyska knocked in a pair with another double to center, putting the Hall up 3-0. St. Augustine answered with a pair of runs and had the tying runner on in the top of the fifth, when Shamieh came out of the bullpen with 2 outs and shut the door on the Hermits. Maldonado had allowed two runs off five hits in his 4 2/3 innings.

Seton Hall added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as DiNicola smoked a ground rule double to left on a 3-0 count to knock in Toohers from third, making the score 4-2. Shamieh tossed the final 2 1/3 and kept St. Augustine in check, with the Pirates disposing of two runners in the final frame. The title is the Hall's eighth state championship, the last one being won on the same field, with current Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello '07 on the mound.

"If you had told me in March that we'd be here winning a state championship as the No.1 team," said Head Coach mike Sheppard Jr.,"I might have told you that you were crazy. Over the years we'll have two or three star players and usually a star pitcher, but we didn't have that here this year. We had a bunch of good players who did their jobs. I'm proud of these guys and what they've been able to accomplish."

Adding to the luster of the day, during the game it was learned that Prep alumni Kevin Mahala and Ty Blankmeyer were selected in the Major League Players Draft, to the Pirates (18th round) and the Reds (36th) respectively.

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Pirates Take Down No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont) for No. Jersey Title

Tues. June 7, 2016

On Tuesday Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 4 in the state, took down the top-ranked St. Joseph (Mont) by a score of 6-2, copping the North Jersey Non-Public A championship, the 13th crown for the Pirates.

After starter Ryan Toohers made made quick business of the top of the St. Jos. order to start the game, the Hall got to the SJR starter right off the bat, with Jack Zyska's lead-off single, three walks to score John Savino and leaving the bases loaded for Toohers to single to give the Hall a 2-0 lead. Zyska's 2nd inning single made the score 3-0.

St. Joseph's put together a couple of hits in the third to make it 3-2, but Toohers shut them down after that. DH Justin Miller's 2-rbi single in the Pirates' third made it 5-2. After a short rain delay in the bottom of the fourth, the game re-started with a bang, as Pat O'Hare launched a monster round-tripper over the left field wall on the first pitch to put the finishing touches on the Pirates win. SHP will face St. Augustine on Saturday at 11 am at Toms River North with the state title on the line.

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Annual Parent Fund Leadership Celebrates the Year's Success

Thurs. June 2, 2016

Just before the close of the school year, the four Class Chairs of the Annual Parents Fund gathered at Seton House for the year's final meeting and celebrated the year's success. The Parents Fund is a key component of The Prep's overall Annual Fund of yearly gifts from board members, alumni, parents, faculty and friends. This year the Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed the addition of volunteer Parent Chairs for each class to spearhead the goal of growing the funds raised specifically for the Annual Parent Fund.

"What a success it has been this year," noted Director Matt Cannizzo. "Current parents have nearly doubled the rate of giving compared to only three years ago and set a new Annual Parent Fund record for a third year in a row." He expressed his gratitude to all who have contributed and indicated that families may still make a gift by visiting now. The four Class Chairs: 2019- Dawn Sandomeno P'15, 18, 19; 2018- Susan Agnew P'18; 2017- Eileen Hannford P '17, 20; Annual Parent Fund and Class of 2016 Chair Danielle Lumby P'11, 16.

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DeNicola's Round-Tripper Turns Around PirateS Fortunes as the Hall Advances to No. Jersey Final

Fri. June 3, 2016

With the Pirates down 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Nick DeNicola turned the game around with a blast to right with two men on, to give Seton Hall a 4-3 edge. After two scoreless innings SHP added a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth to move their lead to 8-3, helped along with DeNicola's sac fly and Jack Zyska's RBI two-bagger. Ryan Toohers started on the mound for the Pirates, going six innings, allowing four runs. Nick Maldonado came on in relief in the seventh. Bergen Catholic scored a pair of runs in the final frame, but Maldonado put an end to things with a couple of ground outs. The No. 4 Pirates will face No. 1 St. Joseph's (Mont) on Tuesday for the North Jersey Championship, at Ramapo College.

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Inaugural Class of International Students Graduates

Fri. May 20, 2016

As Seton Hall Prep celebrates its 160th anniversary, the school also celebrates the inaugural graduating class of its international program. To mark the occasion, a reception was held at the SHP Seton House on Friday afternoon May 20. Three of the school’s international students (Ziyi "Steven" Niu, Zongzhen "Jack" Yang and Yifan "Nolan" Zhang) were in attendance, in addition to three of the parents (Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng, Zongzhen's parents, as well as Mrs. Liu, Yifan's mother). Zhoujie Yu, along with his parents, who had flown 14 hours to arrive in New Jersey, were attending an interview at Penn State.

The group was hosted by SHP's president, Msgr. Michael Kelly; headmaster, Msgr. Robert Harahan; international program coordinator, Michael Hegedus, as well as Matt Cannizzo, Sarah Andrews and Michael Perrotta from the Office of Institutional Advancement. Msgrs. Kelly and Hanrahan, as well as Michael Hegedus, offered remarks welcoming the parents to America and expressing their enthusiasm for how much their sons had added to the school’s appreciation of a foreign culture. They also shared with the families how they could become involved in continuing support of The Prep. Each of the students took a turn interpreting for the parents. The families were very curious about the priests who serve at SHP and their vocation. Mrs. Liu was particularly moved by Msgr. Kelly's story of an entire life spent in association with The Prep; she insisted on giving him a hug on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of his ordination.

Mrs. Liu (Yifan Zhang's mother) arrived from Zhengzhou, a city in Henan province. Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng (Zongzhen Yang's parents) come from Qingdao, an east coast city in Shandong province. They had traveled over 10,000 miles to attend graduation weekend, literally halfway around the world. The four graduates will attend Foothill College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State and NYU.

On display were beautiful gifts from the international students' parents, including a Chinese calligraphy work from Yifan Zhang's grandfather as well as a beautiful decorative plate. The students received a 160th anniversary commemorative tie that bears the Seton family crest. The parents received a framed photograph of the graduates with Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Mr. Hegedus.

Lax Season Ends as Furious Late Rally Falls Short

Sat. May 28, 2016

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Commencement Caps a Very Special Year

Sun. May 22, 2016

On Sunday May 22 the 227 members of the Class of 2016 made their final walk together as they received their Seton Hall Prep diplomas. The gathering of close to 1900 faculty, alumni, family and friends at Caldwell University's George R. Newman Center had its share of memorable moments, highlighted by presentation of the Msgr. Thomas Fahy Alumnus of the Year Award to Class of 1966 members Michael F. Newman, Joseph F. Walsh and James E. Reynolds III, an address to the graduates by the latter, introduction of attending members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1966 and an unforgettable Valedictory Address by graduate Bruno Fernandes. President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan presented diplomas to the graduates and, as the ceremony came to a close, the class gathered shoulder to shoulder, joining in the singing of the Alma Mater. [ download the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs ]

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Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony Begin the Final Farewell

Sat. May 21, 2016

Saturday evening May 21, the 227 members of the Class of 2016, their families and friends gathered at the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and to begin their final farewell to Seton Hall Prep. Celebrant Archbishop John Myers was joined at the altar by Prep President Msgr, Michael Kelly '57, Headmster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zachary Swantek, REv. Doug Milewski '81, Rev. Bogumil Misiuk '08 and Deacon Richard O'Hara. Following the Mass, upwards of 80 seniors were called forward to receive awards for academic achievement and for school and community service. [link here for photos of the awards presentations]

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The KAC Heads Towards Finishing Touches

Wed. May 25, 2016

The past two weeks have seen great progress towards the completion of the Kelly Athletic Complex. The JV baseball field saw its first action, several hundred trees have been planted, footings have been placed for the locker facility, refreshment stand and maintenance garage, and the tennis courts have received their finish coat of asphalt. Today's drone flight (piloted by Science Department Chairman Dave Snyder) shows the site in glorious morning light [click for full size view].

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Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes

Thurs., May 19, 2016

On Thursday May 14th the Griffin Bridges Community of Advisory Committee Members, program donors, program alumni, scholars and their families gathered for the Annual Potluck Dinner to celebrate the year’s achievements. The event was welcomed by Director Horton Sears, alongside graduating senior and host Bruno Fernandes. After remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, guests enjoyed dinner prepared by Griffin Bridges families.

Senior Edwin Ramirez stepped to the podium to summarize his Prep experience as a Griffin Bridges Scholar. He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the program for helping him academically and in his social transformation into the success he is today. He will attend Kenyon College. Senior Raymond Norville also spoke on his unique experience as he was welcomed into the program during his sophomore year. He credited his success to the support he has received through personal hardships and the life lasting relationships he has developed. "The Griffin Bridges program is more than a scholarship for inner-city boys; it's also about providing a foundation for future success," said the Boston College-bound Raymond. Host Bruno Fernandes, named Valedictorian of his class, will attend Princeton University on a full scholarship. Among the other schools the seniors will attend are Villanova, Holy Cross, NJIT, and Loyola. This, the program's largest senior class, received a total of nearly $325,000 in scholarships and grants towards their undergraduate education.

Sophomore Luis Reis presented an award to Science teacher Min Trinh ’06, recognizing his work above and beyond in support of Griffin Bridges. Seniors Ethan Morrison, Adrian Sanchez and Greg Irwin '16 received the Greg Beauzil Big Brother Award for their special dedication to the Big Brother Program.

Concluding the celebration, Director Horton Sears '09 presented the 12 returning scholars in the program. He specially highlighted sophomore Jacques Clovis, who has completed the year with over a 4.35 GPA and who has his sights on attending the W. E. B. DuBois Scholars Institute for Engineering at Princeton this summer. He also made special note of Onyema Eguh, who will attend Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine at The University of North Carolina in the coming weeks. Director Sears closed the evening with an introduction of the four incoming students in the Class of 2020: Andre Williams, Wilson Brito Jr. III, Jason Santos, and Victor White.

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Band and C-Tonians Present Spring Concert

Wed., May 18, 2016

The evening of Wednesday of May 18, hundreds of parents and friends enjoyed a wide-ranging musical program offered by The Prep's Band, Jazz Ensemble and A Cappella group, The C-Tonians. Link above to the entire program and photos from the event.

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Pirates Grab 4-Peat GNT Crown

Sat., May 21, 2016

Shamieh, O'Hare, Maldonado Steer Seton Hall to GNT Title
By Bob Behre , Diamond Nation

In this age of the overhyped fastball, Seton Hall Prep’s Brendan Shamieh represents a throwback of sorts who succeeds through guile and guts, a formula that deserves replication. Shamieh (7-0) scattered seven hits over six innings, struck out one and walked one to keep the dangerous Nutley bats at bay on the way to an 11-1 six-inning victory that gave Seton Hall (23-3) its fourth straight Greater Newark Tournament championship and a county-best 16th overall title.

[continue at Diamond Nation]

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Senior Prom Kicks Off Final Week

Tue., May 16, 2016


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Building Bridges 5K- Running in Support of an Important Program

Sat., May 14, 2016

Last Saturday the Griffin Bridges Program and McLoone’s Boathouse hosted the 5th Annual Building Bridges 5K Race and Kids Fun Run at its new location around the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. Thanks to Gagnon Securities, TD Ameritrade, Goya Foods, Van Dyk Health Care, Sito Mobile, Msgr. Michael Kelly and the many other key sponsors, the event was another success. This year there were eight runners for our Kid’s Fun Run and another 133 participants in the main event. Among the list of runners were members of USATF NJ.

During the post-race brunch and reception the Top 3 overall male and female winners were recognized. Male winners were Samuel Valentin, Ben Groppe ’17 and Sean Theoclitus ’17 and female winners were Alexis Patrick, Melissa O’Selmo, and Jacqueline Wolfstirn. With the help of President Msgr. Michael Kelly, winners of both a $50 SHP gift basket and a $100 dinner certificate to McLoone’s were drawn to conclude of the reception.

Msgr. Michael Kelly offered closing remarks, thanking participants for taking part in the day’s events, thanking Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears ’09 and the Prep volunteers for creating a successful event in supporting the deserving young men of the Griffin Bridges Program. The Building Bridges 5K raised over $27,300 in sponsorships, registrations, and individual donations. Horton Sears extended his thanks to all the major donors, volunteers, and new participants. Looking forward he said, “Next year we are excited to continue the next annual event at the Orange Reservoir again. The program also looks forward to connecting with more local businesses to acquire new race sponsorships.”

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Baseball Tournament Album Posted

Sat., May 14, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's #1 seeded team combined a 13-hit barrage with Ryan Toohers shutout pitching for a 13-0 semifinal victory in 5 innings over Montclair yesterday at Belleville's George Zanfini Stadium. The win put the Pirates into the Greater Newark Tournament Final against Nutley, who upset #2 seeded Millburn in the first game of the double header. The tournament final, next Saturday at noon at Verona's Doc Goeltz Field, will mark the 23rd appearance in the title game for the Pirates, who will be looking for their 16th championship and their fourth in a row.

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New Tennis Photo Album

Wed., May 11, 2016

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Pirates Lax Cops ECT With a 4-Peat

Sat, May 7, 2016

Pirates Lacrosse captured the program's fourth straight Essex County Lacrosse title yesterday, overwhelming Montclair with an 18-6 victory. The top-seeded Seton Hall team broke open a 1-1 tie early in the first quarter, going on a 14-0 run that spanned the halftime break. Jack Sarson scored a pair of goals during that run. Ten different players scored for The Prep, led by Sarson's five scores. Brian Tevlin finished with three goals and three assists, while Dan Zarillo also scored a pair. Griffin Westin  had four assists on the afternoon.

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Spanish Honor Society Sends Relief to Ecuador

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Spanish Honor Society recently held two bake sales to raise funds to aid the victims of Ecuador’s devastating April 16 earthquake, which reached a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale. The Prep students raised $200, which will go directly to a Roman Catholic parish in Cuenca, Ecuador, that is involved in the country's relief effort. [photo:] Society President Chris Proaño and Vice President Adrián Abeijón, with Honor Society members Anthony Vásconez and Karlis Kancans, with SHS Adviser Margret Mainardi.

The quake struck near the coast in the province of Esmereldas, with tremors felt in neighboring Columbia and Peru. It was the largest quake to strike there since the 1979 Tumaco earthquake and was followed by over 55 aftershocks in the first 24 hours, killing 650 and injuring nearly 28,000.

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Kairos: Learning From My Students

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Billy Ward, Teacher

Seventy-five young men gathered in a room, crying together. One of their peers, named Chris, was at the podium sharing his story of saying goodbye to his dying mother. The more Chris spoke, the more tears were shed. Some in the room were his best friends and had already lived through the experience with him, and some had not. As Chris continued, the stronger he became. He was showing the same strength his mother shared with him during her long battle with cancer. The scene was surreal. If you had seen it in a movie, you might have doubted the possibility of it ever truly happening. But it did. And it was beautiful. It was difficult and it was beautiful. There was not a person in the room that day whose life wasn’t forever changed. We witnessed the presence of God in Chris and in the community of brothers that listened with their hearts.

This is not a typical scene one imagines when picturing high school boys. Normally, there’s way too much ego involved, way too much competition, and way too much concern about being seen as cool.

But this is Kairos. A Greek word meaning “The Lord’s Time”; or “God’s Timing”.

Kairos is a four day intensive reflection of personal growth and awareness, rooted in a community. It is a time for a student to examine their relationship with themselves, others, and God. It is an experience that is enhanced by taking risks and openly sharing vulnerabilities.

Kairos is a place in time where guys learn to be themselves. A place in time when everyone gets a chance to share their story, because each is a significant piece of the puzzle. A time when they begin to see the moments in their lives as being closely connected back to God.

Kairos teaches these young men to love and be loved. That loving themselves, others and God is the most courageous and fundamental thing they can aspire to do.

These young men are juniors and seniors in high school. And you may think that, “That’s impossible”. Guys are more concerned with sports, girls, music, or where they are going to get their next beer.

But that’s not the truth. I’ve been blessed to witness the growth and development of these young men in our community for twenty-seven Kairos retreats. I, along with my good friend, set the table for them and the Holy Spirit to do her work.

And then these young men courageously step into the truth of who they are. They openly experience the whole spectrum of human emotion. They laugh, they cry, they connect with themselves and God, and they are motivated and inspired by each other. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to witness it all.

To be a student of it all.

As a teacher, I’ve learned a great deal from my students. Way too much to write about in a single article. I am a better man, husband and father because of these guys and I will be forever grateful for this community that we call Seton Hall Prep.

I’ve learned that deep within these young men, and in reality within us all, is a desire to love and be loved, a desire to share our stories, and a desire to be a part of something bigger and greater than just ourselves.

These are themes that I’ve witness on Kairos and in everyday life. We all strive to do exactly what these boys are courageously doing on Kairos. We all yearn to create the best version of ourselves. Deep down, we all want to have the courage to tell someone that we love them. Not one of us wants to be an island. At the core of every single being is the desire to connect.

For now, let the courage in these young be our example. Kairos isn’t just a four day retreat experience.

It’s a way of life.

And on the day I described earlier, Chris taught us all how to live. His mom left a legacy in his heart that he had the courage to share.

When Chris ended his talk, the entire room rose to their feet in a heartfelt applause. Then, one by one, each student approached Chris to give him a hug. I sat in the back witnessing it all. A profound moment. A space in time where everything slowed down so we could remember.

Kairos. God’s time.

Instead of returning to our small groups, I announced that the moment was already so intimate that we would stay together. I opened the floor to the students to share their experience and feelings and then faded to the side.

Tears continued to fall. Guys reached their arms out to one another. The first brave soul stood to share his story: a few years earlier his father had died suddenly right in front of him in their kitchen. He never shared aloud this time in his life but was moved by the courage and faith Chris displayed. He thanked Chris for changing his life; for shifting his perspective. They embraced.

Then the quarterback of the football team stood. A friend in the circle of Chris’ tight group. He was red in the face. Usually stoic and strong, he was vulnerable. He also shared his love for Chris and how inspired he was by the strength and love he witnessed.

Then another student stood, then another. For over half an hour, they shared, they laughed, they cried and they connected. We ended in a prayer with everyone in the room reaching out to one another. The energy in the room was palpable. You could feel the presence of God in these boys and their stories. It was raw and it was life.

Many stood for more hugs and togetherness. We gave the guys some time to vent and to just be. To soak in what just happened. To talk and affirm what had just occurred.

I witnessed and wondered in awe of the timing. God’s timing.

And I thanked God for being able to be a small part of this moment, for being a part of God’s moment. Kairos is a powerful time and place where we plant seeds on how to live and how to love.

These young men have been my greatest teachers.

This program has given me more that I could have ever dreamed of and for that I will be forever grateful.

God Bless you all.

Love and be loved,

Billy Ward

Pirates Golf Downs Livingston

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lacrosse Win in Kirst Tournament- in Gallery

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mike Kinney H'12 covered the Kirst Tournament for MSG Varsity.

Colin Kirst was able to rely upon the vigorous support of his teammates in the absolute worst of circumstances. So, the senior goalie for darn sure wasn't going to doubt their strength and loyalty just because Seton Hall Prep had fallen behind by three goals seven minutes into play...   Read his entire post here...

Lax Victory vs Lancers in Media Gallery

Friday, April 29, 2016

Easter Break Class Visit to Twain Home and Museum

posted Saturday, April 30, 2016

A large group of students in John Pascal’s Writings of Mark Twain class traveled during Spring Break to Hartford to the Mark Twain House and Museum. The National Historic Landmark was the home to Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891 and where he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The resident Twain experts led the students on a tour of the 25-room mansion built in the Picturesque Gothic style and filled them in on how the times in which he lived influenced his work.

The staff of the Museum Center remarked that the students were “a pleasure to have on tour and in the collections. They had some great questions and were really immersed in what they were learning.” In consideration of Mr. Pascal’s established reputation with the curatorial staff, the students were allowed to handle Clemens family artifacts, including personal items, family photographs and first editions of his writings, as well as works by his family, friends and associates. The trip closed with a Q&A session with Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the institution, who congratulated the students, remarking that they were as well prepared for the discussion as his students at Trinity College and the University of Hartford. [photo courtesy of John Pascal]

Win vs Newark Academy Advances Baseball's Record

Friday, April 29, 2016

Behind the Brotherhood

By Fabio Meza '08

Behind the Brotherhood: Seton Hall Prep from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.

Fathers Club Auction Raises the Bar

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Saturday evening the largest crowd in years enjoyed several hours of fun, food, friendship and bidding at the Fathers Club Annual Pirate Treasure Auction. By the time the night wrapped up, a Prep family had won a Mercedes and, according to early returns, the organization's coffers sported an additional $100,000. Spurred on by raffle items featuring Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Michael Kors, as well as a 65” TV, proceeds from the raffles were up 300% from last year. The live auction also did great business, with marquee prizes like tickets to the PGA at Balrusrol, an autographed Odell Beckham jersey, fishing trips, front row seats for the Mets and prime seating at The Prep’s upcoming graduation.

The auction committee was led by Co-Chairmen Mike Nilan and Jeff Spicka, spreading out over 200 prizes among the Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit were the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was again erected and manned by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Tom Coyne and Pete Nolan. New to the auction were “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success, driven by a Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. The Super Pac was the brain child of former FC President Tom Lynch (who also doubled as the evening’s host) and past Auction Chairman Vinnie D’Antonio Class of ‘80.

Said FC President Tom Young, “..this group of fathers did an amazing job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep community this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs. We also had great help from the student ambassadors as well as from some of the football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school”. Young continued, “We are truly thrilled that Auction night has become such a community event; we had support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante and Mark Salerno.

Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Tom young presented the 2016 Art Williams Award to Bob Waldron, Class of 1979. The award is given in memory of the late Art Williams, whose tireless efforts “behind the scenes” for many years beginning in the 70s continues to be the hallmark of the Fathers Club.

Celebrating Msgr. Kelly's 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Last Sunday more than 700 members of the Seton Hall Prep Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the school’s President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly. The huge gathering of family, friends, Prep staff and alumni joined in the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, followed by a reception at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Joining Msgr. Kelly at the altar were fellow Golden Anniversary celebrants Msgr. Edward Bradley and Fr. William Melillo, along with Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Thomas Ivory ’56, Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi ’82, OLS Pastor Msgr. Robert Emery and soon to be ordained Deacon Bogumil Misiuk ’08.

Msgr. Kelly recalled for the assembly the central role that Our Lady of Sorrows Church had played in his spiritual life- the scene of his Baptism, his First holy Communion, his service as an altar boy, his Confirmation and, in May of 1966, the site of his first Mass. Calling to mind the words of Jesus as He instituted the Priesthood at the Last Supper—to “do this in memory of Me… As I have loved you, so also should you love one another”— Msgr. articulated what has turned out to be the essence of his life: “We priests are given the spirit of the Lord for the work of his kingdom. We are never sent for ourselves, but for God’s people- to preach, to proclaim, to heal, to advocate, to empower the joy and the prayers of the faithful.”

Pirates Down Highly Ranked Monroe in Extra Innings

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pirates Track Posted to Media Gallery

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prep Groups In Service Around the State

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last Tuesday, while sophomores and juniors slaved away at the completion of their standardized testing, seniors and freshmen devoted the day to community service. Several groups spread out across several counties in a variety of efforts to serve local communities.

Renewing The Prep’s decades-old relationship with the Community FoodBank of hillside, the entire freshman class and their Peer Mentors spent the morning sorting, cleaning and packing up donated food to be distributed to local soup kitchens in food-deprived locales. Back in the Dining Hall another group put together up food packages, and 60 seniors helped the Wounded Warriors Project with the production of more than 300 care packages destined for American service members stationed in the Middle East. Meanwhile, just around the corner, at our Lady of the Valley Church, a group gave a deep cleaning to the parish’s soup kitchen; and three miles away a dozen students constructed raised vegetable beds at a community center in Montclair.

Close to 50 miles west in Milford, at the Alexandria Township Farm (way out 78), 45 seniors teamed with volunteers from Grow-A-Row to plant 12,000 pounds of potatoes which, when harvested in the fall, will help fill the needs of the organization’s partner, the Community FoodBank. America’s Grow-A-Row has developed a relationship with The Prep over the last several years, helping to educate Seton Hall students about volunteerism and the ways to meet hunger and nutritional issues of NJ residents. Last year the organization donated 1,000,000 pounds of produce for distribution in the state.

Kairos 86.26 and 86.27

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Having just returned from Easter Break, a large group of juniors and seniors headed off for four days of reflection and prayer in Haverstraw, NY at the third Kairos Retreat of the year. Dubbed Kairos 86.27, the group followed on the heels of a similar group that attended Kairos 86.26 back at the end of January. Student leaders, former retreatants at earlier editions of Kairos, offered talks to their classmates and led small group discussions at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, also the home of the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, overlooking the Hudson River, just off the Palisades Parkway.

Faculty facilitators included Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Frs. James White and Zach Swantek, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Retreat Director Billy Ward, Dean of Men Michael Gallo, Rick Ingraffia, Horton Sears, Tess Marino, and John Rodino. Student leaders comprised Nick Appleby, Michael Bowman, Niall Breagy, Jack Carson, Ryan Compoli, Brian Donohue, Meade Eggleston, Sean Gallagher, Demoan Guinta, Patrick Hollander, Ben Mara, Connor Merklinger, Tommy McCormack, James McGuire, Joseph Skinner, Paul Scollo, Chris Tangretti, Oluwassyi Williams and Justin Wozniak.

Coach Mike Sheppard Joins the Elite 700 Win Club

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yesterday Coach Mike Sheppard joined an elite group of baseball coaches in New Jersey as he collected his 700th career victory in a 2-0 shutout of West Essex. He joins Kenny Frank (830), Marty Kenney (765), Tony Ferrainolo (754) and Harry Shatel (752).

After an 11-11-1 first season as West Orange head coach in ’86, Shep took over the Seton Hall Prep program in 1987. In his time leading the Pirates (689-179-3), he has sent 40 players to the Division-1 level. In addition, 17 Pirates have gone on to play at the professional level, including pitcher Rick Porcello, who was a first-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Porcello is currently pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the club last spring and recently made a $1million gift to the Capital Campaign to build the new baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

During Shep’s tenure the Pirates have collected nine Non-Public A North titles and six NJSIAA state Non-Public A championships. The Hall has also won 13 Greater Newark Tournament trophies with him at the helm. Coach Sheppard has been inducted into four Halls of Fame: Seton Hall University (1991), Newark, N.J. (1995), Seton Hall Prep (2005) and NJSIAA (2006). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 and National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. The 2007 Pirates (32-1) finished the year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today. Currently ranked the No. 5 team on the Top 20, the Pirates are a perfect 10-0 to start the year.

Lax Album vs National Power in Gallery

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Anything Goes" - The Prep's Springtime Hit!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The weekend of April 14-16 the close to 100 in the cast and crew treated three audiences to a spectacular production of Cole Porter’s
Anything Goes." The popular musical, written and first produced in 1934 the depths of the Great Depression, debuted on Broadway in the Alvin Theater and has been popular ever since, undergoing several stage and movie revivals in America, Great Britain and Australia.

The Prep production was directed by Arts Department Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, assisted by Theresa Neglia, and featured roles portrayed by Kathryn Aman, Dan Dyer, Liam Doerr, Eden Mau, Anna Salamone, Boby Dries, Egan Barnitt, Jaris Owens, James Musson, Liam O’Driscoll, Erney Fertile, Richard Martin, Paolo Arante and Brian Cadag. Set and Lighting Design were directed by Prep alumnus Brian Sosa ’10.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story plays out as a series of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The production introduced such well known stick-in-your-head songs as “Anything Goes,” “You're the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” The original musical had a tryout in Boston, before opening on Broadway on November 21, 1934. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Depression on Broadway patrons’ disposable income. Directed by Howard Lindsay with choreography by Robert Alton and sets by Donald Oenslager, it starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney,William Gaxton as Billy Crocker and Victor Moore as Moonface Martin. The musical subsequently went through revivals in 1962 and 1987 off Broadway, 1989 and 2002 in London and again on Broadway in 2011. The 1936 Paramount movie version starred Ethle Merman and Bing Crosby; the 1956 movie brought back Crosby with Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. In 1954 the television version starred Merman alongside Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr (of Cowardly Lion fame) as an episode of the Colgate Comedy hour.

New Baseball Album Posted

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SHP Crew Club Making a Name for Itself

Friday, April 15, 2016

On Saturday, April 9th, the newly-formed SHP Crew Club competed in their first race, the MYSO Regatta (formerly known as the North New Jersey Championships). Under the tutelage of coach Bryan Villaruel, the Men's Novice 4+ boat earned a silver medal, and the Men's Novice 8+ boat earned a bronze medal in their respective races. The team managed to beat seasoned programs such as Nutely, St. Benedict's Prep, Belleville, and St. Peter's Prep, turning plenty of heads and asserting themselves onto the North Jersey Crew scene. The school is excited to see what successes lie ahead for this new program.

Lacrosse Game Posted to Media Gallery

Monday, April 11, 2016

Battle of Top Baseball Teams Posted in Media Gallery

Sunday, April 10, 2016

baseball win posted in media gallery

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Launched! Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store Now Open

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seton Hall Prep has launched a brand new online store, offering students, alumni, parents, and all members of of The Prep community an online destination for items found in SHP's campus bookstore. View our collection of Men's, Women's, and Youth apparel, as well as a variety of accessories offered for purchase on the web. Find extensive collections of tops, bottoms, hoodies, hats, and formal wear, supplied by industry leaders including Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Champion, Holloway, and more! Accessories range from blankets and common household items- soon to become mainstays in the living room- to travel cups and decals to showcase your support for our Pirates while on the road.

Our new home for merchandise on the web, powered by Shopify, is here to help supply a borderless Seton Hall Prep community with apparel so often requested by alumni and family all over the globe! Access the Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store by visiting our main website,, then hover over the "Prep Life" top menu option, and select "SHP Store". Follow our social media accounts, @SetonHallPrep on Twitter and Instagram, and "Seton Hall Prep" on Facebook, for new items and specials relevant to the store, as well as information on all happenings here at The Prep.

SHP Robotics Team 5992 Steps Into Big-Time Competition

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Last weekend, after months of work, the Pirates Robotics Team 5992 finally emerged from their afterschool classroom haunts and took to the big time the Mid-Atlantic District Event at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The event, a cross between a circus, a NASCAR race and a Final Four match-up, brought together 40 teams from across the state. This is serious business at some of the competing schools, one of which recently added a $1.5million addition to their building dedicated to technology and robotics.

Many of the teams brought cheering sections, mascots and pitcrews, often setting up shop with what looked like the back room at a NAPA or AutoZone store. The atmosphere was festive, with teams engaged in spirited camaraderie. More than once the PA announcer called for attention to the fact that one of the teams needed some wood screws or a 6-inch wheel; the need was quickly filled.

The robots, the result of hundreds of hours of afterschool and weekend work, are designed to perform a variety of tasks and maneuvers needed to deal with the obstacles on the course, as well as the defensive moves thrown up by the other competitors. In fact, for the first segment of each competition the bots must deal autonomously with the first obsacles, with the operators hands off the controls.

The 2016 competition had a Medieval theme, with scoring based on breaching eight types of defenses picked by the teams and the audience, and by gathering and shooting boulders at the tower. In practice sessions the team figured out how to breach a set of four pivoting ramps called the "cheval de frise."

Our Team 5992 played 10 matches from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and were ranked in the 20’s until late in the tournament. Pirate driver was freshman Ross Johnson, scoring goals and out maneuvering the defenders, while senior David Fleurantin was the Java programmer. Going up against well-heeled and experienced teams, the Pirates were not shaken by eventually winding up down the list of finishers. "We learned a lot,” noted Doug DelTurco. “We saw what we need to improve on next year, how to improve the entire process. But we’re OK with how things are working out.”

The Prep team comprises Binrui Yang, Ryan Gurney, Max Sedlak, Aidan Musser, Ricky Zhang, Douglas Del Turco, Brian Axelson, Arjun Trivedi , Robert Budzyn, Ross Johnson, David Fleurantin, Yifan Zhang, Aarav Shah, Luyi Tang, Will Singer, Dhrumin Shah, Zhixiang Zhou, Prep parent Bret Musser and faculty members John Egan, Minh Trinh, Geralyn DeGeorge and Dave Snyder. Mr. Snyder, Chairman of the Science Department, was quick to note, "Special thanks go out to John Egan, who early in the year grabbed the bull by the horns to get this team born and moving forward. His efforts and leadership, played out over free time and on weekends, were critical in getting our team to where it is today." He also noted the important role that the Clifton High School Robotics Team took on as mentors for The Prep's first year effort.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools.

This year the SHP team benefited from critical financial support from the Edison Foundation. If Prep community members have any suggestions about other ways to garner any corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, please contact Adviser John Egan.

Fr. Kilcarr's 1st Pitch Opens the KAC

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sandwiching the game between a pair of weather fronts, the Prep Baseball Team opened the 2016 season following the blessing of the field by SHP President Michael Kelly and the delivery of the first pitch by former Head Coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr. The pregame ceremony included a welcome from Headmaster Msgr, Robert Harahan and a reading from St. Paul by Chaplain Fr. Zack Swantek. Fr. Kilcarr had chosen as his battery-mate for the inaugural toss his former player and current Pirates Assistant Coach Frank Gately '86.

In his remarks Msgr. Kelly made special note of the many alumni, parents and friends of The Prep that had made the field a reality. He called particular attention to the extraordinary generosity lent to the project by Rick Porcello '07, currently a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and the Porcello family, as well as the tireless work of Prep attorney Robert Williams, who continues to lead the school through the maze issues that plague any project of this magnitude.

Fr. Kilcarr was head coach from 1973 to 1986, winning more than 225 games, while garnering a state championship, a Greater Newark Tournament title and an Iron Hills Conference crown. He later coached the freshman team for 20 years. He was a religion teacher at The Prep for deades before his health sidelined him five years ago. He currently resides at the Msgr. Kelly Residence in Caldwell. 

The Pirates won the opener against Montclair, 10-0 (6 inn.) behind the pitching of Brendan Shamieh, who allowed only 2 hits, and a 6-run outburst in the 5th, with another pair tagged on in the 6th to end the game.

Baseball Team's Annual Day at the Links- At the KAC

Friday, April 1, 2016

With Opening Day at the new KAC diamond scheduled for Saturday morning, the Pirates Baseball Team, decked out in their finest golf attire, jumped the gun a little with a private opening of the facility for the team's 5th annual baseball-golf outing. The 6-hole layout on the FieldTurf featured a couple of long par-4s and even shots over the bullpen wall. Several scoring controversies and a 2-stroke penalty left last year's champions disappointed and out of the running. The tense match came down to the wire, with a closest-to-the-pin single shot playoff determining the victor, the trophy going to the winning team of Coach Mike Sheppard, Asst. Coach Frank Gately and manager Dan Metcalf.

Spring Sports Open- Lacrosse Opener in Media Gallery

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prep Faculty Begins Easter Week on Retreat

Thursday, March 25, 2016

The day after Prep students headed off onto their Easter Break, the faculty met at the Quellen Spiritual Center in Mendham to take stock of their personal and professional lives. Following an opening prayer by Fr. Zach Swantek, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan introduced Most Rev. John Flesey, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark to deliver the day's reflections. Drawing on his long experience in the area of Pastoral Counseling and his studies in psychology, Bishop Flesey led the faculty on an exploration of the ways in which they interact with their students and the manner in which they can grow in their appreciation of their vocation as teachers. The day closed with Mass in the chapel of the enormous home to the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Easter Liturgy Commemorates Three Golden Jubilees

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Last Tuesday The Prep's Easter Liturgy commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of a trio of Seton Hall Prep priests, whose lives and priestly service have been intertwined with school life since 1966. Current SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Edward Bradley and Rev. William Melillo were ordained in May of that year. Principal celebrant of the day's Mass Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan reminded called to mind for the students in attendance the innumerable number of families whose lives the three priests have touched, the thousands of marriages, baptisms and funerals they have officiated at for generations of Seton Hall Prep alumni, students and their parents.

In a special tribute, Prep teacher John Merklinger '08 introduced four seniors who had dedicated their Senior Service Project to the priests. Ron Cullen performed his year's work with The Seeing Eye in the name of Msgr. Kelly. Shawn Zimmermann's service for young cancer patients at Morristown Medical Center was dedicated to Fr. Melillo. The team of Brian Jordan and Greg Irwin worked with Operation Shoebox on behalf of American service members stationed overseas, dedicating the project to Msgr. Bradley.

The day proved to be a most special way to head off onto Easter Recess.

5th Annual Peace and Justice Day Brings Together Topics Close to Home

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Prep’s 5th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 26, highlighted by a pair of keynote addresses, several dozen workshops and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella and junior Chris Copolla and senior Chris Alesso paid off in a day full of new information, interesting discussions and a moving and impassioned address that brought the audience to its feet in appreciation.

MaryEllen Salamone, a proud Seton Hall mother of two alumni, has been actively involved in non-profits, for the past 15 years, helping children cope with grief and loss. Having testified before the US Congress shortly after 9/11, she has been an advocate of healing through service since her husband died in the attacks. Her passion to educate young people and to see “positive change happen” after her husband’s death has led to a new 9/11 curriculum for New Jersey schools that will likely be used far beyond the state’s borders. She is co-founder of Families of September 11. Her Keynote Address detailed how she and her family have coped with events that could have easily engendered hatred, turning them into opportunities to build peace and brotherhood. The conclusion to her remarks invoked the recent scene of The Prep’s fans, arm in arm, singing and swaying to the Alma Mater at the state tournament basketball game, bringing those in the auditorium out of their seats.

The second Keynote was presented by former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a Super Bowl winner and now nationally known philanthropist and activist for community service. He spoke about the need to spend time finding out what each person’s individual gifts are, and then turning them into instruments of good for others.

A sampling of the organizations providing workshops includes: The Seeing Eye, The Community FoodBank of NJ, America’s Grow-a-Row, Project Rachel, Adopt One Village, Camp New Day, Hope for the Children, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warriors Project, St. Luke’s Youth Ministry, Operation Smile, St. James Social Service Corporation, and The York Street Project, among others, as well as individuals speaking on related topics.

3v3 Basketball Tournament Raises Funds for Operation Smile

Monday, March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 11, the SHP Student Council and the Operation Smile Club ran their annual 3v3 basketball tournament to benefit Operation Smile. There were 14 teams in the tournament this year, which raised $600 for the worthy cause. After some competitive preliminary rounds and a playoff run filled with intensity and several upsets, team 1730 defeated team Trey Ball Sosa in the championship game by a score of 24-21. Thanks to all the teams who participated and we hope to see you at this event again next year!

The Kelly Athletic Complex Comes Alive

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The final phase of the Kelly Athletic Complex has come alive in the last week after nearly a decade of planning and a year of construction, as the baseball program took to the new field for tryouts and a first scrimmage against Ramapo HS on Saturday. The spring-like weather and clear blue skies in the second week of March were the background for Coach Mike Sheppard's workouts with a large contingent of players trying to make the squad. 

The complex, once the last finishing touches are completed, will be a true showcase venue for baseball and tennis. The varsity baseball field, featuring its FieldTurf surface (315 down the lines, 365 in the gaps, 385 to center), major league dugouts, batting cages and bullpens, will be the centerpiece for the showcase venue and will be accompanied by an all-natural grass JV field and five tennis courts. Off the first base line, teams can drill on a half-sized multi-purpose pracatice field. Soon to come on line are a field house and maintenance buildings. The 20-acre setting is surrounded by the about-to-bud trees and a stunning view of Manhattan 14 miles to the east.

The success of the project to complete the Kelly Athletic Complex is due to the philanthropic gifts that Seton Hall Prep families and friends have offered over the past three years to the school's "Generations" Capital Campaign, a $20,000,000 fundraising effort to prepare The Prep for the future. In addition to the enhancement of the KAC, the components of the campaign include the construction of the John J. Murphy '52 Science Center and the growing of the school's endowment. The generosity of The Prep Family has helped the campaign reach its original goal, which now has been re-set to $25,000,000.

State Tournament Run Ends for Pirates- Album in Media Gallery

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jean Clervil '07 Returns to Encourage a Quest for Personal Fulfillment among Griffin Bridges Scholars

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seton Hall Prep alumnus, poet and motivational speaker Jean Clervil ’07, aka Mr. Changing Lives, recently brought his presentation to a group of Griffin Bridges students, encouraging them to unwrap their personal gifts to ultimately fulfill their dreams. Jean shared some of the tough lessons he learned and challenges he overcame throughout his high school and college years to create a career for himself through poetry. One of his core messages was “if God has giving you life, He has also given you a purpose. Make sure that each breath you take moves you towards fulfilling His true purpose in your life.”

Jean discovered his love for poetry during his freshman creative writing class with Prep English teacher Marty Berman. The 26-year-old has published two books while attending William Paterson University and has received great support for his work from well-known personalities, including Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cory Booker and many others. He financed his first book by selling pins at college emblazoned with uplifting quotes on them. His quotes and aphorisms have taken social media by storm. One reads: “Most people don’t have a clear picture of their dream because they let fear hold the camera.” Another: “A person doesn’t die when he or she reaches the grave. They die when their dreams do.”

Jean remarked how grateful he was to share his story at his alma mater. He looks forward to returning and empowering even more students with his story and poetry. His most recent book, Is it Worth it?, can be found on Amazon and will soon be available for sale in the Prep bookstore.

B'Ball State Tournament Album Posted

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pirates Take Home the School's 17th Essex County Basketball Tournament Crown

Monday, February 29, 2016

Seton Hall Prep survived a cold-shooting third quarter to rebound in the fourth against a game Newark East Side team and come away with a 50-44 victory and the school’s 17th Essex County Tournament title. The crown marks this senior class’s third title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Prep went into the locker room at the half with a 12-point cushion, thanks to a 9-3 run in the second quarter when the Pirates leaned on strong play from Brandon Oladapo and Treyvon Bennett. But East Side’s play and several key Seton Hall misses allowed the Newark school their own hot streak in the third period, scoring 15 to the Hall's three.

TJ Gibbs and Zach Keller righted the ship with several key scores in the fourth period, when the team outscored the Red Raiders 14-9, including a 7-2 run that re-established control. Gibbs finished with 15 points, Keller, 13.

Seton Hall took good care of the ball all game long, with only two turnovers; they caused 12 by East Side, which led to 20 points. Seton Hall now heads into the state tournament, opening up their quest for a state crown against the winner of the Pope John-Delbarton game next week.

Students Use Teacher-Developed Technology in Theology Class

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seton Hall Prep theology teacher Jonathan Lace spent approximately three years developing a theological resource app for high school, college, and seminary students. Last July, the app Theologica was released by the App Store and is currently available for download in the iTunes App Store. “Since its release, students have been using the app to compose theological essays, and the quality of their work has greatly improved,” proclaims Mr. Lace, whose intentions were to create an app which serves as a self-contained theological library that presents theology in multiple contexts and offers opportunities for sharing theological reflection. For more information on how students are using this teacher developed resource for their academic benefit, see Mr. Lace’s blog post.

SHP's Buzz-Off Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The 2016 SHP Buzz-Off for Cancer Research took place mid-day on Wednesday February 24 in the Giblin Auditorium. With more than 40 students and a dozen faculty members offering up their heads of hair, mustaches or beards, the organizers raised $4327 in just over an hour, with more to come through the sale of their specially designed T-shirts going on sale at the Winter Coffehouse on the 26th.

The event, the fourth since its origin in June of 2010, was spearheaded by seniors Dan Metcalf, Mike Whipp, Jack Young and Ian Saheed, along with Service Learning Program Director Vinnie McMahon and Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella. Those doing the shearing include local barbers Will Babcock and Louis Yinbirikeye, and faculty members Chris Scheick, Horton Sears and Chris Barnitt.

Hockey State Tournament Game in the Gallery

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Basketball County Tournament Action Posted

Sunday, February 21, 2016

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Thursday, February 18, 2016

On Wednesday evening Seton Hall Prep's Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its newest class of members in an evening ceremony attended by friends and family. Following an introduction by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, and an invocation from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E, HarahanMaster of Ceremonies Richard Denton ‘17 welcomed the inductees and guests, and introduced Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty, who spoke about how proud he was of the organization and the group’s tradition of devoting their “geekdom” to the service and betterment of the school. His words were followed by those of the evening’s keynote speaker, Prep history teacher Michael Hulsy, whose remarks centered on the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four senior NHS officers followed— Bruno Fernandes ’16, Patrick Hollander ’16, Brendan Walsh ’17 and Robert Vanaria ‘16— in their turn lighting a candle representing each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them. Then, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers.

The newest members of the NHS are: Senior Inductees: Robert Dries, Demoan Giunta, Gregory Irwin, Colin Kirst, Yifan Zhang; Junior Inductees: William Banker, Robert Budzyn, Stephen Burkly, James Caprio, Yuheng Chen, Matthew Clarkin, Connor Compoli, Brendan Cook, Ian Creelman, Aaron Deditch, Andrew Deditch, Richard Denton, Albert Dimaculangan, Edwin Donnelly, Matthew Durborow, Jack Ehrich, James Ennis, Ryan Franklin, Thomas Freda, Tomas Gato, Noah Gould, John Guirgis, John Helsel, Creighton Hendrix, Gerard Hug, Matthew Jones, Samuel Kuprianov, Zachary Lima, Julian Londono, Ray Lozano, John Lynch, Thomas Magnier, Quinn McDonnell, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Nicolas Mottesi, Kyle Neve, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Patel, Thomas Piesla, Joseph Polifonte, Francis Prior, Luan Quispe, Daniel Raffaelli, Robert Ramsthaler, Stephen Rivera, Matthew Robinson, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Roszkowski, Sekou Rowe, Chasse Rush, Nicholas Russo, Isaac Soliman, Philip Sprague, Noah Stiesi, Owen Talmadge, Brian Tevlin, David Towell, Brandon Troeller, Brendan Walsh, Justin Yagozinski, Sam Yildirimlar, Jian Zhang.

Pirates B'Ball County Tournament Opener in Media Gallery

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Friday, February 12, 2016

On Tuesday February 9 the members of Michael Hegedus’ Mandarin classes led Seton Hall Prep in welcoming the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey and the year 4713 on the Chese calendar. Junior Eric Zhao welcomed the guests to the activity period assembly and introduced the recently formed Silk Road Ensemble, comprising Paolo Arante ’18, Bernard Barillo ’16, Joseph Chen ’18, Karliss Kancans ’16 and Nolan Zhang ’16. They were followed by seniors John Caramichael and Steven Niu, who, in a flip of cultures, an gave an introduction called “Journey to the West” in Chinese and English respectively. Eric Zhao and LG Marapao '18 presented a Monkey King Martial Arts Duel to the accompaniement of a scene from “The Forbidden Kingdom, Return of the Monkey King” video. A trivia quiz and raffle followed and the celebration closed with the closing song “Gongxi, Gongxi” (Congratulations to You!) offered by the members of the Mandarin classes.

The Chinese New Year, also know as the Spring Festival, is steeped in layers of myths and traditions. It is celebrated in many countries throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and in other parts of the world where people with Asian heritage have settled. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions. The years are designated by the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, with the Red Monkey being 9th of the 12 signs.

The date for Lunar New Year depends on the lunisolar calendar, which charts time based on the movements of both the moon and the sun. On the Gregorian calendar, the holiday will generally fall between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. The festival reportedly traces its origins to the Shang Dynasty (between 1600 BC and 1100 BC), when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year. A legendary wild beast named Nien (or "year") was thought to attack people at the end of the old year. Villagers would use loud noises and bright lights to scare the creature away, a practice that slowly morphed into the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seton Hall Prep marked the start of the Lenten season on Wednesday with the distribution of ashes during a pair of Masses for the school community. Freshmen and sophomores attended the liturgy during the morning assembly, juniors and seniors in the afternoon.

References to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance appear in writings from as early as the second century. The ashes are made from blessed palm brances taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. The day is one of penitential prayer and fasting, and marks the begining of the Season of Lent, a time of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares the Church for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The class of 2020 comes on board

Monday, February 8, 2016

Months of hard work on the part of the Admission Office culminated in a pair of events that welcomed the Class of 2020 to Seton Hall Prep.

On Sunday January 31 The Prep hosted Candidates’ Day for students that had been selected for admission to the Class of 2020. Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan welcomed the several hundred guests to Giblin Auditorium and introduced Prep staff members who laid out details concerning the wide variety of programs offered at the school— academics, spiritual life, extracurricular activities, athletics, college placement, technology and transportation. The families also heard first-hand accounts of life at The Prep from seniors Achim Younker, Bruno Fernandes and John Caramichael.

Following the presentation in the auditorium, the families headed to the Dining Hall, where they were able to speak with representatives of the academic departments, discuss the students’ math and English placement and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary.

Last Saturday, February 6, marked the most important day in the Admission Office calendar— Registration Day for the incoming class. A steady stream of families passed through the Dining Hall to sign up students for the Class of 2020. In addition to the requisite paperwork, students got sized for their gym uniforms and warm weather golf shirts, visited the bookstore to load up on Pirates gear and took it all home in their new Prep backpacks. The Class of 2020 was now on board.

Marquee basketball match-up posted to media gallery

Sunday, February 7, 2016

5 pirates celebrate national letters of intent

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Prep student-athletes celebrated the signing of their National Letters of Intent to Division I athletic programs on Thursday. They were joined on the occasion by their parents, coaches and school officials.

T.J. Gibbs, point guard on the Pirates Basketball team, signed his NLI last November, the nation’s first signing period, with the University of Notre Dame. Closing in on The Prep’s all-time scoring record, Gibbs was Essex County Player of the Year in 2015, with numerous county, conference and state honors to his credit. Zach Keller also signed in November, to play football at Princeton University. Rolling up more than 4500 passing yards, with 42 TDs and a 60% completion record in his career, he was 2nd Team All State, as well as Essex County and Super Essex Conference Offensive Player of the Year. [At Princeton he will join current Prep classmate Bruno Fernandez and Prep alumnus Spencer Weisz, junior forward on the Tigers basketball team.] Tristan Stowell will join the Providence Friars soccer program following a standout season with The Prep’s highly ranked team, where, from his midfield position, he earned All-County and All-State honors. Brandon Moorer, currently among the top quarter milers in New Jersey, will head to Northeastern University. Beginning in his sophomore year at The Prep, he has gained All County and All Conference and All State standing. Rory Schlageter was Zach Keller’s favored target last fall. The tight end hauled in 26 passes for 428 yards and 5 TDs. Collecting All-Conference and All Area honors, he was also an MSG All-State Honorable Mention. He signed his NLI with Columbia University.

By signing a National Letter of Intent a student-athlete agrees to attend the offering institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The greening of the kac moves quickly ahead

Sunday December 6, 2015

Thanks to the unseasonably warm fall weather, the JV baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex heads rapidly towards completion, as the work crew has been able to lay the nearly three acres of sod onto the clay and sand base layers laid down two weeks ago. Using state of the art laser-guided leveling tools to ensure the proper elevations of the infield and mound area [click photo above], over three days the crew first set down 2x4 foot rolls of sod and placed them along the foul lines and the infield around the pitcher's mound. In the final phase they switched to 15x60 foot rolls of sod laid down by machine to complete the outfield.

At the same time, the foundations for the dugouts were laid down along the baselines of the varsity's artificial turf field, which was completed several weeks ago. Next on the list will be the construction of the locker, concession and storage facilities in the area between the current lacrosse/soccer field and the varsity baseball field. And on the near horizon next spring is the reconstruction of the current lacrosse/soccer field and track with artificial turf in order to serve also as the home of Pirates football. [drone flight pilot- Dave Snyder]

Kairos 86.25 returns

Saturday December 5, 2015

The second Kairos Retreat of the year returned from the group's three days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 35 retreatants and their 20 student leaders were joined on their stay by Retreat Director Billy Ward, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zack Swantek and faculty members Julie Wester, John Egan, Vin McMahon and Mike Sheppard. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan celebrated Mass with the group on Wednesday evening.

The time away from the daily routine affords the students numerous opportunities for self-reflection and for learning about the ways in which their personal experiences are shared by their classmates. The days are filled with prayer and ways to learn of God's presence in their lives and surroundings.

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